C'est le quartorze juillet and France is celebrating.
In July 1789, crowds of Parisians stormed the infamous French prison — the Bastille — signifying the beginning of the French Revolution, the end of Louis XVI's reign over France and future independence.
On July 14, 1790, France commemorated the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille with the fête de la fédération, which has now become known as the fête nationalefor the French or Bastille Day for foreigners.
The most famous Bastille Day celebration is the military parade down the Champs-Élysées — the oldest and largest military parade in Europe — on the morning of July 14. This year in particular, soldiers carried the flags of 76 countries down the famous street to celebrate not only French independence 224 years ago, but also the centenary (100th anniversary) of World War I.
France invited all members who participated in the battlefield — allies and foes — to join them in their annual celebratory parade. Three soldiers from each country walked down the Champs-Élysées holding their country's flag.
At the end of the parade, a group of youths from the invited countries closed the ceremony with a "peace dance" and the release of doves. And to end the entire day, Parisians were treated to a firework show fired from the Eiffel Tower.
Check out photos of the parade and celebration of French independence on Bastille Day, below.
Tags: FRANCE, INDEPENDENCE DAY, PARADE, U.S., US & World, WORLD, WORLD WAR I