2022 France Bastille Day: History, Meaning, and Everything You Need To Know

France's Bastille Day commemorates the "storming of the Bastille," which took place on July 14, 1789.

It was indeed a pivotal moment in the French Revolution

Every year, Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14 to commemorate the foundation of the French Republic.

Bastille Day is basically the national day of France. Le quatorze juillet (The Fourteenth of July), Fête Nationale ("National Holiday") or La Fête du 14-Juillet (14th July Holiday) are some of the official names for the day in French.

It also commemorates the Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the 14 July 1790 union of the French people.

The renowned Bastille Day military parade is a tradition among French people. This yearly tradition was first observed in 1880 and is still in use today.


To view this well-known march, many tourists travel to France. The parade is the largest and oldest regular military manifestation in all of Europe and is broadcast on French television as well.

In addition to the well-known parade, many Bals des Pompiers, or firemen's balls in English, are attended by French citizens.

Additionally, a lot of popular tourist attractions, like museums, are free to visit on this day.

The 2022 Bastille Day falls on a Thursday this year.