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What Do We Celebrate on Bastille Day?

The French do not celebrate the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day; they may not even know what it means. Americans, on the other hand, are familiar with what they call Bastille Day, an expression that, strangely, does not exist in French. This enthusiasm for the Storming of the Bastille is not shared by all French people — the Revolution,...[Subscriber]

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Map: Where to Celebrate Bastille Day in the United States?

On July 14, the French commemorate the storming of the Bastille of 1789 and the Fête de la Fédération of 1790. In the U.S., the event is know as Bastille Day, a celebration of France through wine, accordion, and pétanque! Over 150 Bastille Day events will take place in the United States this year. In New York, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will...

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What do Americans Know About Bastille Day?

Inspired by President Trump’s visit to Paris, Fox News went to the Jersey Shore and asked beach-goers questions about Bastille Day and French culture. The answers are, hum, interesting. Watch the video below to hear the answer to questions like "Who was Napoleon?", "What is your favorite French food?", and "Trump is in France commemorating the 100th anniversary of which war?"...

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Revolution as Play in France

On July 14, Americans celebrate Bastille Day. On this day, the French celebrate more than their National Day or the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille: They celebrate the everlasting spirit of the 1789 Revolution. “The French are better at fighting revolutions than making reforms”, wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in his notes in 1848. As a Deputy of the Manche...

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Where to Celebrate Bastille Day in the United States?

This year in the United States, celebrations of France and its national holiday can be found all over the country. Taking place on or around July 14th, the 228th anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in Paris and the annual celebration of French independence, cities around America will celebrate with events offering French food, games, music, and, in some...