Did you know, the French celebrate an Independence Day, and that it is in the month of July? Although the day is different, the concept, and reasons are the same; if you find this to be as interesting as it was to me, then maybe you could appreciate this story
Eiffel Tower Picture : Yann Caradec from
Paris, France/ 14 July 2011
Would this be considered a “Cultural Divide”? The U.S emphasis and “cultural” symbolism of Independence has always been a “4th of July” celebration. I now have a different appreciation and of course, a different perspective. Maybe I missed it in my World History class but, I have never heard of this “Bastille Day”. This conversation came about, when I went to the mailbox today. There were a couple of flyers from a few different businesses marketing their promotions, using “Happy Bastille Day” printed on the front. Curiosity got the best of me, and here I am. Again, I had never heard of this day so, I felt the need to know more and share with you a little world history, as well as shed some light on my own perspective. Here’s a little, of what I gathered in my own words about Bastille Day, and why it is important to the French.
In the late 1700’s, France was ruled by King Louis XIV. There was a “fortress”, called Bastille used as a prison. On July 14, 1789, the people of France stormed this monarchy and succeeded in liberating themselves from what was considered a “constitutional monarchy”. To this day, that particular revolutionary uprising represents Reconciliation, Unity, and the Pursuit of Liberty. Doesn’t that sound the same as why we celebrate the 4th of July? Did you know there are over 50 cities in the U.S. that celebrate “Bastille Day” with military parades, French foods, music, and art.
Photo Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org
In fact, Camden has several properties located in some of these cities such as Houston, Baltimore, and Orlando, where if you are looking for something to do for a quick getaway vacation may be just the thing to celebrate. This celebration could last throughout the whole month of July depending on the city.