Bastille Day Concert, Fireworks and the Firefighters’ Balls – Paris:
As the French prepare to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14th, the grand celebrations is a summer event not to be missed if you are in Paris.
Here is a taste of what’s in store for the grand Fête Nationale celebrations.
The traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysées is the high point of the National Day ceremonies.
From 9:10 a.m.
- The troops assemble at the Place Etoile for the military inspection.
From 10:00 a.m.
- The Bastille Day military parade starts with the arrival of the President of France (Francois Hollande) and other military chiefs at Avenue de Friedland on the Champs-Elysées.
- Tribute paid to the President.
- Opening fly-past
- Parade of troops on foot from Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde, followed by mounted troops
- Procession of troops in military vehicles
- Departure of the President
Fireworks at the Trocadero – July 14
The Champ-de-Mars and the Trocadéro are favourite places to watch the spectacular firework display. This year’s fireworks display will have the theme “Paris accueille le monde” (Paris Welcomes the Word). Starting at about 23:00, it will last for about 35 minutes.
If you’re planning on attending the fireworks, do arrive early and avoid driving. The Metro and RER are the best means of getting to the Trocadero as even the Vélib stations around the Champs de Mars will be inaccessible. Note: Paris Metros are very busy at best of times and for the Bastille Day celebrations you can expect it to be packed.
The Orchestre national de France and the Choeur de Radio France will perform a big concert of operatic works at the foot of the Eiffel Tower starring the greatest international artists. This year’s theme ‘Paris Welcomes the World’ ties in with the fireworks display. This free event in an amazing setting starts at 9.30pm.
Balls of Fire in Paris
The legendary annual fire brigade’s ball takes place at many of Paris’s fire stations. All are welcome to join in as the firefighters party from about 20:00 – 04:00 am. Entry is generally free, but there’ll be a barrel going around for donations. For the list of fire stations to head for and dates and times, see Parisinfo page.