Paris, the beautiful City of Light, is sparkling all year round. But on July 14th, it offers its inhabitants and tourists an exceptional day full of festivities: its incredible military parade, fireworks followed by people around the world, and firemen’s balls.
Paris Attitude tells you more.
The military parade
The traditional military parade honors the regiments of French soldiers.
Organized by the Ministry of Defense, it takes place from 10am on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and descends from Place de l’Étoile to Place de la Concorde.
Spectators will also have the opportunity to see the new French President, Emmanuel Macron, walk down the most beautiful avenue in the world.
Starting from 10am on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées
The grand concert on the Champ-de-Mars
In 2017, lovers of classical music will be delighted, with a concert organized from 9.15pm on the Champ-de-Mars, as a prelude to the fireworks launched from the Place du Trocadéro. The musicians of the National Orchestra and the Choir of Radio France will interpret the works of Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz and Wagner for your greatest pleasure.
A must-see show during Bastille Day in Paris, the fireworks are the most anticipated event of July 14th. Like every year, it will be shot from the Eiffel Tower.
This year’s theme will be “Paris and the Olympic Games”. It promises to be a flamboyant spectacle and its multiple colors will sparkle harmoniously in the Parisian sky for more than 30 minutes.
What are the best spots to watch the fireworks?
You can admire them from the Jardins du Trocadéro or from several Parisian bridges that offer a view of the Eiffel Tower.
Attending fireworks from the Champ-de-Mars is certainly the most economical option and it’s the nearest to the fireworks! However, you will need to arrive early if you want a good spot when the fireworks start.
• Parisian bridges
Some bridges in Paris offer a superb view of the Eiffel Tower. Whether you choose the romantic Pont des Arts, the Pont de la Concorde, or the Pont Alexandre III, you will need to get there in advance to find an ideal spot.
• The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
At the top of the hill of Montmartre, enjoy a unique view of Paris! Arguably it is a little far, but the panorama remains magical and ever so romantic.
• Parisian boats
And to make this evening even more exceptional, we suggest you admire the fireworks aboard one of the boats, where you can enjoy a dinner with the purest French gastronomy.
Whether you go as a couple or a group of friends, there is certainly a formula that will suit you.
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THE FIREMEN’S BALL
The finale of the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower announces to tourists and Parisians it’s time to head towards the traditional firemen’s balls organized in different neighborhood of the capital.
WHERE TO STAY
If you want to live close to the festivities for the French national day, we invite you to discover a selection of apartments near the Trocadéro and Champ-de-Mars.