Bastille Day (referred to as La Fête de la Bastille or La Fête Nationale in French), is a French holiday which marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the first major event of the French Revolution.
The day begins early with the oldest and largest military parade in Europe, on the Champs Elysees.
The French Revolution
At the Place de la Bastille where the French Revolution began on July 14, 1789 a huge concert takes place. (There's only a small plaque on a wall just outside the metro Bastille that marks the prison location.)
In the evening, the Paris Fire Brigade (Fire Fighters) hold their traditional Bastille Day ball.