Bastille Day (also known in French as la fÃªte nationale) is a public holiday celebrated in France and around the world by French people and French territories every year on July 14th.
During the late 1700s, many of the citizens of France were unhappy with the way their country was being ruled because they felt that some people were unfairly being treated better than others. Among other causes, this eventually led them to protest!
The Bastille, previously a fortress, was being used at this time as a state prison. Because it mostly held political figures, it had also become a symbol of the peoples’ struggles with their government.
On July 14th, 1789, a group of people rose up against their unfair treatment by storming the Bastille and releasing seven prisoners! This event became the beginning of what is known as the French Revolution, which ended the reign of the ruling government.
This historical event is commemorated every year on its anniversary with parades, fireworks, and the words of the French Revolution: LibertÃ©, Ã©galitÃ©, fraternitÃ© – freedom, equality, and brotherhood!