July 14 is a very important day for the people of France. It is the French National Day, and is commonly known as Bastille Day in English. In French, it is formally known as La Fête Nationale, but it is more commonly known as Le Quatorze Juillet. This means the fourteenth of July. Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14 in 1789.
The Bastille is a fortress and prison in Paris. In the late 1700s many people associated it with the Bourbon monarchy who ruled France. They were not very popular because they were very harsh leaders. On July 14, 1789, troops stormed the Bastille, and it was a very important event at the start of the French Revolution.
Nowadays, celebrations are held all over France. There are parades, performances, dances, and huge firework displays. The oldest and biggest parade is a military parade that is held in the morning on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. During this parade, military airplanes fly overhead.