Instituted in 1880, 14 July is a very popular date that is celebrated all over France.
During the day, a military parade is organised in Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, via the Champs-Élysées. Military ceremonies also take place in many towns in the country.
At night, fireworks are launched in most communes, generally accompanied by a dance and concerts. Depending on the place, the festivities may take place on the eve of 14 July or in the evening on the day itself, which enables some people to celebrate the national day twice!