It wouldn’t be Bastille Day without the fireworks. Every year, the holiday peaks with a grand fireworks show, held at the Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro Gardens. Though the show doesn’t typically kick off until 11pm (and lasts for about 30 minutes), spectators begin to gather beginning in the afternoon on the Champ de Mars in front of the tower for picnics. A series of free concerts, including classical music performances featuring internationally celebrated artists, are also held from the early evening onwards.
However, if you’d prefer to watch the fireworks with slightly smaller crowds, consider an alternative vantage point—anywhere that offers a clear view of the Eiffel Tower is a good bet. Popular options include Belvédère de Belleville, Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre, and Montparnasse Tower. Some evening river cruises also offer prime viewing of the fireworks.
Insider tip: Bathrooms are hard to find near the Champ de Mars, and you’re not allowed to bring alcoholic drinks.