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05.06 World History

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05.06 World History
Bastille Day
U.S. Independence Day
Bastille Day
July 14th
Origins
Bastille Day is celebrated in France on July 14th every year. Bastille Day is the celebration of the beginning of the French Revolution. The holiday acquired it's name because on that day the Bastille prison was attacked by an angry mob. The prison was a symbol of how powerful the king was, therefore making this takeover of the prison known as the French Revolution.
Symbols
The french flag, the national anthem of France (La Marseillaise), and The Guillotine are all symbols of Bastille Day.
Traditions
The annual parade lead by the French military, picnics, and fireworks are all traditions of Bastille Day.
U.S. Independence
Day
July 4th
Origins
U.S. Independence day is celebrated on the fourth of July. Many people refer to the holiday by "the fourth of July" instead of Independence Day. The fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This declaration declared independence from Great Britain.
Symbols
The American Flag, the national anthem, and fireworks are all symbols of Independence Day.
Traditions
Barbeques, setting off fireworks, and flying the American flag are all traditions of Independence day.
Bastille Day and U.S. Independence day are very similar with their traditions. U.S and France both fly their country's flag, eat, set off fireworks, and sing their national anthem on these days. The difference is the way these countries came into independence and freedom. If the attack on the Bastille Prison never happened, the French Revolution may have never happened. If the Declaration of Independence wasn't made official, the United States might have never became independent from Britain and became a separate nation. So there are similarities with the traditions and the aspect of the holidays, but the way they came about being celebrated are different.
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