Whilst our American friends in the US of A celebrated their national holiday ten days ago, today it is Bastille Day. That’s the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year.
In France, it is called ‘Fête Nationale’ (National Holiday), in official parlance, or more commonly ‘quatorze juillet’ (14th of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. The storming of the Bastille was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution (thank you, Wikipedia).
Whilst it might be fun to join in on the celebrations, in Paris for instance, it is near impossible to find affordable hotel accomodation or to get onto public transport.
But if you are more influential, you might have received an invitation to the Garden Party. At the Elysée Palace.
Best wishes to our French friends, wherever they might party.