Each year, on July 14 (or Le quatorze juillet), the French gather to celebrate the storming of the Bastille in Paris, an event that ignited the French Revolution and ultimately led to the abolition of the monarchy. Over the centuries, the holiday has devolved into an excuse for Francophiles across the globe to watch nouvelle vague films, host aperitifs (with some George Brassens playing in the background, of course), drink red wine, and eat lots of creamy, stinky cheese.
Because we love all things French — beaches! accents! Amélie! — we too love Bastille Day, and the way a nation we love celebrates its heritage.
In commemoration of La fête nationale, we’ve rounded up a group of amazing, vintage photos from Bastille Day through the years. Amusez-vous bien!