French celebrate Bastille Day – but not for more than 6 1/2 hours, with 45 minutes for lunch and two 15-minute breaks

Today is Bastille Day in France, which is sort of a French version of the 4th of July except they watch Jerry Lewis DVD’s instead of fireworks.

Every July 14th, Bastille Day celebrates that day in 1789 when French citizens, angry at Kings and Queens keeping political prisoners in the Bastille prison, stormed the place and released the prisoners, where they were then free to go off and be rude to tourists.

Then, as the story goes, later that day, Betsy le’ Ross sat on her porch and knitted a giant white flag as the symbol of France. That flag, 215 years later, still proudly waves at the end of most French military engagements.

Happy Bastille Day, France!

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