On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris rose up and marched on the Bastille, a state prison that symbolized the absolutism of the French monarchy. The storming of the Bastille symbolizes liberty, democracy and the struggle against oppression.
- Boston’s Bastille Day Celebration — The French Library And Cultural Center/Alliance Francaise holds an annual celebration
- The 14th of July : The Bastille day — The history of Bastille Day from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website
- Declaration of the Rights of Man, 1789 — English translation from the Avalon Project, Yale University
- The Marseillaise — The story of the French National Anthem with lyrics and audio files from the Modern History Sourcebook
- Bastille Day: The French celebrate their Fourth of July — From the InfoPlease website
- Bastille Day and the French Revolution (1789) — A chronology of the French Revolution, along biographies of important revolutionary figures, and description of significant symbols of the revolution.
- Thomas Jefferson : Onset of the French Revolution — Letters written by Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Minister to France, while in Paris at the start of French Revolution; from the National Archives’ “Eyewitness” site.
- Bastille Day Books — A list of nonfiction and fiction titles about the French Revolution with links to the NOBLE catalog
Recipes for Bastille Day
- 18 French Recipes to Make for Bastille Day, from Rillettes to Ratatouille — From Bon Appetit magazine
- French-y Picnic Recipes for Bastille Day — A variety of tasty and colorful menu choices from Chowhound
- Bastille Day Picnic Menu — Bastille Day Picnic ideas from About.com