Bastille Day Fun Facts!

Just 10 days after the U.S Independence Day France celebrate their similar holiday Bastille Day!

  1. Bastille Day falls on the 14th of July every year and became a national holiday in France in 1880!
  2. This date is set from the Storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789!
  3. During the storming of the Bastille mobs released political prisoners and armed themselves with weapons! (It held up to 50 prisoners but only 7 were imprisoned when the Bastille was stormed)
  4. During this time France was ruled by King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
  5. Angry mobs in France meant that both King Louis and Marie had to hide in the Palace of Versailles
  6. It’s not only France that celebrate Bastille Day! Many other French speaking countries also celebrate it!
  7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin have a 4 day Bastille Day celebration which has a huge Eiffel Tower replica! (Watch the video to see!)
  8. Bastille Day marks the end of the monarchy in France and the beginning of the French Revolution
  9. Before the French Republic was formed, in 1792, France went through a time called the “The Reign of Terror” where many aristocrats were executed!
  10. After all of the celebrations including dances, musical performances and fireworks the French President will give a speech.