The French celebrate 14th July as the French National Day or the Bastille Day every year. Earlier in France it was called La Fete nationale. The day is celebrated in memory of the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastilee on 14th July 1789, and also the Fete de la Federation which celebrated the unity of the people of France on 14th July 1790. Every year on the morning of 14 July, the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe takes place on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. This parade takes place in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and numerous foreign visitors.
The well known July 14 fireworks are displayed every year from around 11 pm till almost 35 minutes. Fireworks are set from Bassins du Trocadero and the people are able to see the show from the Champs de Mars and Trocadero.
The theme of this year was “Guerre et Paix” (war and peace).