What Is Bastille Day In France?

Last night news broke that some maniac, who is reportedly linked to ISIS, drove a truck into a crowd of people in Nice, France celebrating Bastille Day. What is Bastille Day? It’s essentially Independence Day in France:  July 14, the date of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, celebrated as a national holiday in France.

France, Bouches du Rhone, Marseille, the fireworks in the Old Port

France, Bouches du Rhone, Marseille, the fireworks in the Old Port

From Wikipedia on the celebration: “The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, an important event in Paris in the French Revolution, which had begun two days earlier, as well as the Fête de la Fédérationwhich celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.”

Francofolies of La Rochelle

Francofolies of La Rochelle

To imagine that someone disrupted what is supposed to be a joyous celebration of freedom and fun is just unbelievably sad. The death count as of this morning is 84, including a father and son from Texas who were on vacation.

Bastille Day fireworks.

Bastille Day fireworks.

We stand with you, France.

Fireworks over Marseille's Vieux-Port on July 14th, Bastille Day

Fireworks over Marseille’s Vieux-Port on July 14th, Bastille Day

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