Bastille Day in Photos

Bastille Day Paris 02 560x311On July 14, 1789, the people of France stormed the Bastille violently adding momentum to the French Revolution. The medieval fortress and prison had become a symbol of the King’s authority, who stood by and watched as the French economy plummeted and taxes soared. Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on July 14th each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale and commonly Le quatorze juillet, the fourteenth of July.

Bastille Day Paris 03 560x260Celebrations are held all over France, including the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests. The Bastille Day Military Parade began in 1880 and opens with cadets from the École polytechnique, Saint-Cyr, École Navale, and so forth, then other infantry troops, then motorized troops; aircraft of the Patrouille de France aerobatics team fly above. The celebration concludes with Fireworks igniting the French sky as another Bastille Day comes to an end.

Philip Van der Vossen

Editor at Gunaxin
Philip Van der Vossen is the Editor of Gunaxin, a Men's Lifestyle Magazine that was established in 2008. Philip also created and hosts the Trail Trek Tour, a traveling series of off-road events for automotive media.

Additionally, Philip has served as Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association, Speaker at IMPAcon and Blogs with Balls, Chairman of the Relay For Life of North Anne Arundel County, Examiner Team Leader for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, and Credentialed Founder of Capitals Outsider.

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