Armored vehicles parade down the Champs Elysees as part of the Bastille Day Military parade in Paris, France, on July The Bastille Day, the French National Day, is held annually on July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille fortress in
La prise de la Bastille by Jean-Pierre Houël, 1789 Why did the French people storm a prison? What caused the French Revolution? What celebrations take place on le 14 juillet? We answer these and other burning questions about Bastille Day.