The 2016 Bastille Day firework display at the Eiffel Tower

After last year’s theme of “Paris welcomes the world”, this year’s firework display at the Eiffel Tower is called “Paris is a party”! Like we didn’t know already!

We have the start time for the show and details of which metro stations are closed (yep, they’e not all open)… Here’s all the info you need for a successful 2016 Bastille Day firework display in Paris!

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OK, so here are the details. The 2016 Bastille Day firework display at the Eiffel Tower starts at 11pm (just to be sure it’s dark), but you’ll need to arrive earlier to get a decent spot to see it from. We advise you to be there at 8pm – take a picnic! And a cushion! And a blanket! And be patient!

After all that waiting, the show runs for 35 minutes, but it’s truly a great spectacle and totally worth it. This is, after all, the only firework show of the year in Paris (there’s no longer one for New Year’s Eve)…

Spectators are advised to sit on place du Trocadéro or on the Champs de Mars, the garden that run down behind the Eiffel Tower, but there’s a third, simpler option if you don’t need to hear the accompanying music – the Alexandre III bridge gives a great (if distant) view of the show, and is much easier to get back from afterwards (fewer crowds).

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And take careful note of the metro stations that will be partially or totally closed for part or all of the night:

Trocadéro will be open but three of the exits will be closed. At La Motte Picquet-Grenelle two exits will be closed. Alma-Marceau will be closed from 7pm onwards, Iéna will close at 9pm and the following stations will be closed all evenign: Bir-Hakeim, École Militaire, Dupleix and Passy.

The 2016 Bastille Day firework display at the Eiffel Tower starts at 11Pm

Free!

More info (in French): quefaire.paris.fr