What is so important about July 14th in France?
The 14th July is Bastille Day in France, the French National Day. It dates back to 1789 and the fall of the Bastille prison to the Revolutionaries. It is a bank holiday and many people celebrate with a street party and fireworks. There is a military parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. A huge flag is flown from the Arc de Triomphe.
◆ Imagine you are in Paris for the Bastille Day celebrations. What can you see and hear? What have you packed for your picnic?
◆ Celebrate Bastille Day in class. Wear Tricolore clothes and taste some French picnic food. Encourage the children to say s’il vous plaît and merci beaucoup and to ask for food in French.
More activities for exploring this National Day and learning about French symbols such as le tricolore are in our Bastille Day lesson ideas.