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France Activities - Bastille Day

contributed by Leanne Guenther

photo by Kaitlyn Guenther
July 14, 2010

In France, le quatorze juillet (July 14th) is a public holiday, formally known as the Fête de la Fédération (Federation Holiday).  It is usually called Bastille Day in English.  It is a national holiday in France, but smaller celebrations of Bastille Day are also held in a variety of other places including:

paintingAbout Bastille Day:

The storming of the Bastille occurred in Paris on the morning of July 14, 1789.

The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the centre of Paris.  While the prison only contained seven inmates at the time of its storming, its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution.

To the right is the watercolour painting by Jean-Pierre Houël (1735 to 1813) entitled, The Storming of the Bastille.

The storming of the Bastille and the subsequent Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was the third event of this opening stage of the revolution.  The first had been the revolt of the nobility, refusing to aid King Louis XVI through the payment of taxes.  The second had been the formation of the National Assembly and the Tennis Court Oath.

Bastille Day Printables
bbingo dauber art

France Activities
Bingo Dauber Art

france coloring page

France Activities
France Coloring Pages

Bastille Day Crafts

France Themed Activities
Medieval and Fantasy Section

The link goes to generic medieval crafts, but many would suit a French theme --
the shield and castle crafts in particular.

France Paper Doll

France Activities
Paper Doll Craft

craft ideas

France Activities
Sunflower Crafts

Beautiful yellow fields of sunflowers grow in central-southern France.

French Boy Toilet Paper Roll Craft

France Activities
Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Bastille Day Online Jigsaw Puzzles

France Activities
Online Jigsaw Puzzles

Links to other France related activities: