Bastille Day is a French Holiday which initially began on July 14, 1789. This day is meant to celebrate the storming of the Bastille, a military fortress and prison in France, where a violent uprising held by French citizens took place. This was a major turning point during the French revolution.
The Bastille was a very valuable building because it held loads of gunpowder and supplies, but, nonetheless, it was torn down due to its symbolism of the tyranny of the French Monarchy, specifically King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette.
This allegorical act of revolution is very noteworthy for all Americans when paying attention to the role our French brothers and sisters played in our very own revolution against the British. The support we gained through our French allies was extremely crucial and beneficial to the formation of the country we have today, dating back to the victory of the American Revolution in 1783.
If it wasn’t for the support of historical French leaders such as Marquis de Lafayette and Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, we may not be standing on true American soil to this very day. The French provided Americans with more than just leadership.
We were given thousands of French soldiers to lend a hand, along with money and more guns. All of this assistance played an imperative role in our current everlasting freedom. Therefore, we must celebrate alongside our French allies as they celebrate their own victory towards freedom. Bastille day must be acknowledged by Americans along with the appreciation for the French and their allegiance.
To celebrate Bastille Day, the French hold a very large military parade the morning of July 14. In this parade, both men and women serving in the army, in various units, participate. The parade ends with a big bang: the Paris Fire Brigade. This is where military aircraft fly over the parade route. The President always starts off the parade and the aircrafts end it. Others who do not participate in the parade will celebrate by throwing parties or eating traditional French food with friends and family.
San Antonio Celebrations:
Not to worry, there are ways to celebrate here in San Antonio! At BISTR09 on 6106 Broadway there is a special Bastille Day menu along with a beret competition. Also, if you drive a French vehicle from a Citroen to a Bugatti, you can receive free brunch for four people. The Alliance Française de San Antonio is also holding an event on July 14 from 6pm-9pm to celebrate France and French culture. They will have live music, french d’œuvres and fine wine! Even all the way in San Antonio, Texas, we call all still celebrate Bastille Day on July 14!
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