Let’s hold the head high, like the birds, fly in the open sky. It’s a happy birthday from France. Bonne Fete Nationale!
July 14, often called la fête nationale in France, became an official holiday in 1880. From the beginning, speeches, military parades, and fireworks, along with public revelry, were part of the celebration. The slogan “Vive le 14 juillet!” (“Long live the 14th of July!”) has continued to be associated with the day.
It isn’t a day for reflection or politics. It is a day of leisurely family activities and celebrations, adorned with a lavish military parade displaying French power on the Champs-Elysées. In the evening, fireworks and popular dances known as Bal des pompiers (the Firemen’s Ball) take place throughout the country.
In honor and in representation of this celebration, the Colby cafeteria will offer a Bastille Day themed menu on July 14. Colby Cafeteria Bastille Day menu:
If you have questions about the Bastille Day food celebration, please reach out to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Lead Brooke Chhina at [email protected]