July 4 is over, but you can also mark the beginning of the French Revolution with Bastille Day on July 14.
Bastille Day is a "holiday marking the anniversary of the fall on July 14, 1789, of the Bastille, in Paris. Originally built as a medieval fortress, the Bastille eventually came to be used as a state prison. Political prisoners were often held there, as were citizens detained by the authorities for trial."
"... Although by the late 18th century it was little used and was scheduled to be demolished, the Bastille had come to symbolize the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy. During the unrest of 1789, on July 14 a mob approached the Bastille to demand the arms and ammunition stored there, and, when the forces guarding the structure resisted, the attackers captured the prison and released the seven prisoners held there. The taking of the Bastille signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, and it thus became a symbol of the end of the ancien régime."
"... July 14, often called la fête nationale in France, became an official holiday in 1880."
For a complete picture of this time period in France, see the French Revolution topic page from the library's World History in Context database.