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Bastille Day in France

We may call it Bastille Day, but the French call it La Fete Nationale, or simply Le quatorze juillet. It's the holiday to commemorate the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison—a symbol of France's let-them-eat-cake crowd. In France, the holiday is celebrated with traditional military parades and fireworks, but across the ocean, Americans seem to prefer to give it a comical (though surely not disrespectful) twist. We've gathered a sampling of unusual celebrations that don't require a passport.

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