La fête de la victoire is a public holiday to celebrate the end of World War II. It is the anniversary of announcing the end of World War II in France on May 8, 1945 by Charles de Gaulle. The act of capitulation of the German army was signed at Reims the day before.
As Victory Day is one of the most important public holidays in France, many Parisian businesses, like shops, cafés or restaurants are closed. Roads may also be closed for parades. Public transport services may change their schedules, especially in the vicinity of war memorials.