France celebrates Bastille Day every year on July 14, commemorating the Storming of the Bastille in Paris during the French Revolution. 

Here are five things to know about the holiday. 

1. Bastille Day is a military holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. 

The Bastille was a prison, military fortress that stored valuable items like gunpowder and a symbol of the French monarchy. On that day, French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille for supplies and overtook the prison. It was a turning point in the French Revolution. 

2. The Bastille held several famous prisoners at different points. 

The prison was used to house political dissidents, including Voltaire Marquis de Sade (from whom the term "sadist" comes). 

3. The Bastille was torn down soon after the Storming of the Bastille. 

It had been built in 1357. It stood where the Place de Bastille is now, and very few relics of the prison remain. 

4. It's celebrated very similarly to Fourth of July.

France marks Bastille Day with fireworks, parades, fireman's balls and parties with friends and family. Large celebrations also take place in New Orleans and New York City. 

5. The Bastille Day military parade in Paris is the largest parade in Europe. 

It takes place alongside the famous French avenue, Champs Elysées.