Happy Bastille Day everyone! I figure that since Cinquo de Mayo is celebrated with gusto in the United States, why not celebrate France’s Independence Day? The feast of Cinquo de Mayo has links to France, the Mexican celebrate this day because they beat the formidable French Army against all odds, so why not another French related celebratory day, this time a bit more celebratory in France’s favor.
The storming of the Bastille is what launched the Independence movement, but it was mostly symbolic, at that time there weren’t that many prisoners, the revolution turned violent and bloody later on down the line with the rise of the Jacobin.
If you live in a city that has a French consulate, you will have probably been privy to some sort of festivities either yesterday or today. I have not celebrated Bastille Day here in the States as of yet, I have too many great memories of doing that in France with my family, so I wait until I get back to the Mother country to do my celebrating, I love waiting until 1:00 p.m to watch the fireworks, it doesn’t get dark until about 10:00 at night. I’m not one for parades, but I adore fireworks and in 2000, I had a spectacular view of the fireworks exploding all around the Eiffel Tower from my spot right on the bank of the Seine river, it was unforgettable in its beauty. I cherish that memory.