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Tripod in front of the Eiffel Tower waiting for the Bastille Day firework display

Eiffel Tower Firework Display – Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

On the day before 14 July my landlord had a short chat with me and mentioned that I should not miss the Eiffel Tower firework display. Well, I thought that I might “take a look”, and assumed that it would just be another firework display.

But for my landlord, I would never have known that Bastille Day in Paris was a once-in-a-lifetime event! Every other tourist would have planned for that day just to watch the Eiffel Tower firework display, whereas I not only watched it, but also got a nice spot for my tripod, successfully took gorgeous photos and filmed the climax, all without any planning!

Tripod in front of the Eiffel Tower waiting for the Bastille Day firework display
Tripod in front of the Eiffel Tower waiting for the Bastille Day firework display

Options to Watch the Eiffel Tower Fireworks

Of course my spontaneous travel style does fit this kind of encounter. As I mentioned earlier, the 15th arrondissement is an ideal district for you to stay while exploring Paris, especially on foot. You’ll be able to see the Eiffel Tower from different perspectives following any of the 3 routes I have outlined for you.

Olivier Karfis shared 5 options to watch the Eiffel Tower fireworks, among which there are; watching it on TV, watching it from your balcony with a great view of the Tower, watching it from Sacré Cœur, finding a spot on Boulevard Pasteur in the 15th arrondissement.

I wouldn’t recommend any of these 4 to you though. Watching it on TV? Well, you can always do so later but if it works for you then you don’t even need to fly to Paris! Watching it from your balcony? Well, if you’re so rich and so lucky, but unless you’re really close to the Tower, then forget it – it wouldn’t even be as good as watching TV without the audio sound effects. Needless to mention the same goes for Sacré Cœur or Boulevard Pasteur and having to compete with thousands of tourists for a good spot.

If it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event for you too, please do it properly and find a spot at Champ de Mars. You don’t need to spend 12 hours guarding your spot. Max. 5 hours. The more difficult something is, the more rewarding it is in the end. I didn’t expect the firework display to be so spectacular, but the moment of the climax blew me away. The few hours’ waiting paid off handsomely.

Eiffel Tower Firework Display Prologue

14 July, Bastille Day is the French National Day. It commemorates the Storming of the Bastille at the start of the French Revolution. The Bastille Day Eiffel Tower firework display usually starts at around 11pm and lasts 35 minutes. I had the pleasure of watching the 2014’s Eiffel Tower Bastille Day firework display and the theme for that year was “Guerre et Paix” (War and Peace).

I arrived at Champ de Mars right after an early dinner nearby. The sunset was shining on the building of École Militaire facing the entrance to Champ de Mars at Place Joffre. Paris policemen were screening bags.

Sunset shining on École Militaire, Paris policemen screening bags at Champ de Mars entrance
Sunset shining on École Militaire, Paris policemen screening bags at Champ de Mars entrance

Colorful breathtaking Eiffel Tower firework display

Eiffel Tower turned silver at sunset
Eiffel Tower turned silver at sunset
Eiffel Tower turned yellow against a deep blue sky at the golden hour
Eiffel Tower turned yellow against a deep blue sky at the golden hour
Eiffel Tower turned orange at night
Eiffel Tower turned orange at night
Eiffel Tower turned golden at night
Eiffel Tower turned golden at night
Eiffel Tower turned yellow and blue as the night became darker
Eiffel Tower turned yellow and blue as the night became darker

Splendid Eiffel Tower Firework Display

Eiffel Tower fireworks in purple theme
Eiffel Tower fireworks in purple theme
Eiffel Tower in blue with colorful fireworks
Eiffel Tower in blue with colorful fireworks
Eiffel Tower in blue with yellow fountain-like fireworks
Eiffel Tower in blue with yellow fountain-like fireworks
Eiffel Tower in blue with fireworks at the bottom
Eiffel Tower in blue with fireworks at the bottom

Eiffel Tower in yellow, fireworks fading with smoke at the end

Eiffel Tower in yellow, fireworks fading with smoke at the end

The ground on Champ de Mars was left clean when Parisians were walking out of Champ de Mars in good order after the firework display. You’ll not be able to take a taxi or bus near Champ de Mars at that time though. That’s why I always recommend staying in the 15th arrondissement within walking distance of the Tower.

Kissing in front of the Tower at the Climax

eiffel tower kiss

I wouldn’t say it’s a good time to propose marriage, no matter how wonderful the time is, because everyone is concentrating on the firework display while listening to the background music or even singing along to it. It’s a precious moment for everyone there not to be disrupted. However, bringing your loved one and kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower at the display’s climax is one of the most beautiful memories that you will hold precious forever.

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Min Min

There are different kinds of artists. Some are more focused and others are more all-encompassing. I would count myself as the art-everywhere type of artist. To me, art is a way of looking at things, of applying creativity in my life. I am a frequent traveler who truly appreciates every tiny beauty of life and have traveled extensively around the world. Different cities inspire me in different ways. My passion is Paris which I have visited more than once, living as a Parisian. I have walked big streets and small alleys in Paris, and every inch of the city has given me inspiration. When I first arrived in Paris it was as though all my senses were heightened, then as I became familiar with the city I learned to see subtleties that I missed at first.

4 thoughts on “Eiffel Tower Firework Display – Once-in-a-Lifetime Event”

  1. Wonderful photos!

    Fireworks around the tower are really amazing!

    So surreal.. I really enjoyed this post!

  2. You were so lucky to find a vacant spot.
    It can be really a challenge on this day. Generally I choose a distant place. Like “la maison de l’air” in the 19th district. You can see the whole Paris, the firework remain smaller though, but I appreciate the explosions of light on the roofs.

  3. Thanks for the advice! It will be so helpful when we are in Paris the 14th July. That is definitely a trip to plan. And with your help, now we know where to go to see the great commemoration to the French Revolution; and also where to stay after the amazing firework display. I am quite sure that it will be an experience to remember forever.

  4. Wow,this is absolutely spectacular. Seeing that firework on photos seems to me like a new dimension opening up in the sky. We really can see the light shining brightly in this case and it can be quite a delightful surprise I’m sure.
    Thank you for giving us a glimpse of heaven 🙂

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