Bastille Day in France

Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fete Nationale (The National Celebration).  This is an occasion to honor the French Republic. It is a public holiday in France.

The Bastille is a fortress prison in Paris. Back in 1789, the people of Paris stormed the prison of Bastille in the hopes of demolishing the power of Louis XVI, and in return gain the rights they deserved. The storm represented a fight against oppresion between the citizens and government, as well as liberty, to the nation. This marked a turning point in the history for French citizens.

Many public events are held on this day, including a military parade in Paris in front of the President, French officials and guests. Traditionally, fireworks are shot at nightfall surrounding the Eiffel Tower.

Here in San Diego, there will be plenty of French cuisine and live music at restaurants around town.

Hexagone Restaurant: This French restaurant, located downtown at 495 Laurel Street, will have a 3-course dinner menue available for $42.50. You are also welcome to order from the regular menu, and they will have French music as well.

Tapenade Restaurant: Located at 7612 Fay Avenue, this restaurant will offer a 5-course dinner menu for $68.00. This celebration will also feature French music starting at 5:30PM.