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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 07/14/2010

Send us your Bastille Day photos

By Washington Post editors

Don't lose your head!

Ha. Just a little joke in honor of Bastille Day, which is celebrated each July 14. In case you've forgotten, the date commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, during the French Revolution. The act is viewed as the symbolic end for the French monarchy, ushering in the rise of modern France. Think of it as French independence day.

Yes, we know, it's a French holiday, but that won't stop us from celebrating. Here in the District we mark the day with the annual Bastille Day Waiter's Races, in which waiters holding trays with bottles of water and beer race down Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 13th streets. There are also races for regular folks, including kids. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. The Waiter's Race has been postponed here in D.C. until 8 p.m. But the holiday celebrations continue elsewhere.

Here are some photos of the Bastille Day celebrations in France. But we'd love you to share your photos -- from celebrations wherever you are -- with us. Here's a link to our Bastille Day gallery, along with instructions about how to send us your photos. Tag with your photos with #WPBastille.

And if thinking about this makes you hungry, the Going Out Gurus offer some special Bastille Day dining advice. Our sister publication the Express also has a list of fabulous French restaurants.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 1:34 PM ET
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