Bastille Day Worksheets

All About These 15 Worksheets

This series of 15 worksheets is an engaging educational resource designed to immerse students in the vibrant history, culture, and festivities of Bastille Day. These worksheets provide an opportunity for them to explore the significance of this important French national holiday while engaging in a range of activities that promote learning, creativity, and cross-cultural understanding. Through these worksheets, students will:

  • Learn the history of Bastille Day and its significance to the French, along with their practices to honor the event;
  • Compare Bastille Day with the 4th of the July;
  • Analyze the impact of the French Revolution and its connection to Bastille Day;
  • Enrich their vocabulary through fun word exercises;
  • And test their knowledge and recall of the information they have learned about this holiday.

This series provides an immersive and engaging learning experience for students to delve into the rich history and cultural significance of Bastille Day. Through activities such as writing prompts, vocabulary exercises, drawing projects, reflective writing, and quizzes, they will enhance their knowledge, critical thinking, creativity, and cross-cultural understanding. Overall, these worksheets foster an appreciation for French history and culture, promoting global citizenship and intercultural competence among students.

What is Bastille Day?

Bastille Day, known as “La Fete Nationale” in French, is a national holiday in France celebrated annually on July 14th. It commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, which was a turning point in the French Revolution. The Bastille was a fortress and prison in Paris that symbolized the oppression and tyranny of the French monarchy. Its storming by the revolutionaries marked the beginning of the struggle for freedom and democracy in France.

Bastille Day is a day of national pride and unity in France, and it is celebrated with various events and activities throughout the country. The most famous celebration takes place in Paris with the military parade on the Champs-Elysees, which is the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe. The President of France and other high-ranking officials attend the parade, and the French Air Force performs a spectacular flyover.

In addition to the military parade, there are fireworks displays, concerts, dances, and communal meals held across the country. The Eiffel Tower is often the centerpiece of a dazzling fireworks display in Paris. Bastille Day is an opportunity for French citizens to come together and celebrate their national identity, history, and the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity that emerged from the French Revolution.

While Bastille Day is not an official holiday in the United States, it is celebrated in various ways by French expatriates, Francophiles, and people interested in French culture. Many major cities with significant French populations, such as New York City, San Francisco, and New Orleans, hold events to mark the occasion.