If there is one event not to miss in Paris, it is the French national holiday! This festive occasion brings people together and offers 2 days of exceptional free entertainment: a military parade, public dances at local fire stations, an outdoor operatic concert, and most of all, breathtaking fireworks. Every year, this world-class fireworks display is eagerly-awaited. For 30 minutes, the Eiffel Tower becomes the focus of a magical sound and light show – a dazzling sight for children and adults, Parisians and visitors. Come and enjoy the show and experience some of the magic of Bastille Day in Paris!
The must-see show of the French National Holiday in Paris is the July 14th fireworks display. Like last year, the fireworks will be set off from the Eiffel Tower and the gardens of Trocadéro.
This year promises another dazzling spectacle with choreographed multicoloured fireworks bursting open against the backdrop of the Parisian night sky.
The public are invited to watch the show from the Champ de Mars. Starting time of the 14 July 2018 fireworks display: from 11pm, for a duration of 30 minutes (subject to conditions)
Military Parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées
To get the French national holiday off to a resounding start, trumpets and bugles herald the arrival of the President of the French Republic at the top of the world’s most beautiful avenue. The drums ring out as elite units of the French army parade down the avenue lined with crowds of onlookers.
The July 14th parade along the Champs-Elysées is the highlight of the French national holiday celebrations. Every year in the morning, the spotlight is on the French military regiments as they parade down the avenue. Later in the day, the focus shifts to the eagerly-awaited fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.
PROGRAMME FOR THE 14 JULY 2018 MILITARY PARADE
10.10am: Arrival of French President
10.30am: Start of parade
11.45am: End of parade
12pm: Departure of French President
Partying on 13 and 14 July at fire stations in Paris
After the finale of the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, visitors and Parisians head off to the traditional Bals des Pompiers (Fireman’s Ball). These parties are organized at Paris fire stations in different districts of the capital on 13 and 14 July 2017.
Sometimes there is an admission fee; if this is not the case then the traditional ‘barrel’ is at the disposal of the public for them to make a donation. The money collected is used to improve the working conditions of the staff.
The organizers reserve the right of access to the ‘bals’ for safety reasons.