Bastille Day is the French equivalent of an independence day and it is celebrated every year on the 14th of July. This day is a national holiday in France and is the anniversary of the day of the storming of Bastille in 1789. This day is significant since it symbolises the end of a tyrannical monarchy in the country. Years ago, on this day, the middle class decided to revolt against the French monarch and break down the gate of the Bastille prison.
Today, the day is celebrated with much pomp and splendour throughout France.
The present day style of celebration started in the year 1879, when there was a feast held in honour of the day. In that year, there was also a military review and an official reception. Later, in 1880, the decision was taken to make this day a national holiday. Today, all these traditions are still practiced along with a military parade that passes through the city of Paris.
This parade takes begins at the Arc de Triomphe and ends at the Place de la Concorde, where the troops are received by the President and various foreign ambassadors. All the major cities in France also have a similar parade, but on a smaller scale.
Another major part of the Bastille Day celebrations is the display of fireworks that takes place around the Eiffel Tower. This is considered to be one of the best fireworks displays in the world.