Today, July 14 is Bastille Day. The day marks the storming of the fortress in Paris that held political prisoners and turning point in the French Revolution.

Scranton, not one to miss an opportunity to celebrate, held a massive Bastille Day celebration on 1918. The event took place at Nay Aug Park with some 8,000 people in attendance. The guest speaker was John Grier Hibben, President of Princeton University.

Here is copy of the article detailing the event –

Mon, Jul 15, 1918 – 5 · The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) ·

And if you were in need of the Tricolour (the French Flag), you were in luck. Scranton Dry Goods was well stocked. Here is ad for the flag from the store –

news clipping

The Scranton Times – July 11, 1918


Also if want to see some fireworks on this Bastille Day just google Bastille Day.