Today, July 14, is Bastille Day, the name we English speaking countries give to French National Day, their Independence Day, 10 days after ours on 4th of July. In France, this day is called: La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration). It commemorates the 1789 storming of the Bastille by revolutionaries to get the gunpowder they needed to overthrow King Louis XVI. This day became the symbol of the French Revolution, the fall of the absolute monarchy.
We at stripedshirt celebrate Bastille day as the 2nd most important striped day in history.
The first being March 27, the “birth” of the Breton stripe, the iconic navy and white striped knit shirt which became the official uniform for the French navy on this date in 1858.
Today, Bastille Day, celebrating all things French, also, of course, celebrates Stripes – navy and white or otherwise. And so, Joyeux Quatorze Juillet to you all!