Fireworks display on 14 July
Thursday 5 July 2018
Modified the 02/10/18
“On the evening of 14 July, the Eiffel Tower will be surrounded by the most beautiful music and will shine with the sparkle of a thousand fireworks.” In its events programme for 14 July 2018, the Mairie de Paris also announces that “Spectators will be able to enjoy a concert of classical music, then a fireworks display on the theme of love, all in this magnificent setting!” For this exceptional evening, the Mairie de Paris invites visitors to attend a concert given by France’s national orchestra starting at 9.15pm, on the Champ-de-Mars, then to stay for the fireworks display from the Tower at 11pm.
The 14 July fireworks display is a major event in the life of the Eiffel Tower.
Due to the technical and safety preparations required to ensure the monument is ready, which are carried out by the pyrotechnist with the assistance of staff from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE - the company that manages the Eiffel Tower), the Tower will close a little earlier on 13 July (11:45pm, instead of 12:45am) and will be closed all day on 14 July.
Preparations: a major challenge for an extraordinary event!
The preparation for the fireworks display begins several days before 14 July, with all the equipment required for the show being installed at night, outside public opening times. The fireworks are set up a few hours before the display, when the Tower is closed to the public and only when a security perimeter has been put into place. The security of visitors to the Eiffel Tower is top priority, and the fireworks expert needs the monument to be fully available.
All these measures are obviously necessary so that the show is prepared down to the finest detail. It promises to be “colourful, a stunning display of pyrotechnics and light”, says the Mairie de Paris. Once again this year, whether you are near the Champ-de-Mars or on the Trocadero side, the 360°-show is guaranteed to have a huge impact.
The Eiffel Tower and fireworks: a long history
Sometimes a spectator, sometimes taking the leading role, the Eiffel Tower has had a special relationship with fireworks ever since it was built.
The first display took place on the Tower before it was completed, on 14 July 1888.
On 17 June 1989, the Mairie de Paris put on an exceptional show, which looked back over 100 years of the Tower’s history. Singers, dancers, and acrobats all took part in the hour-long show bathed in a fairy-tale world of light and multi-coloured lasers.
Ten years later, on the evening of 31 December 1999, the Eiffel Tower saw in the year 2000 by putting on a magical show for all the world to see. A dazzling display of fire and light, broadcast by 250 television channels all over the planet. An unforgettable experience! The New Year’s Eve fireworks display traditionally takes place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, but the year 2000 was a memorable exception!
In 2009, the Tower celebrated its 120th anniversary. Starting with a concert given by Johnny Hallyday on the Champ-de-Mars, the evening went on with a show full of fireworks and magic, and for the first time, spectacular video projections lit up the Parisian skies. The Tower was animated and seemed to be dancing on its pillars, then turning on itself to the rhythm of the music, much to the delight of the more than 700,000 people who had gathered on the Champ-de-Mars.
Since then, pyrotechnists try to outdo one another each year with new and creative ideas to treat the audience to an ever more magical show, from the gardens of the Trocadero, or from the Tower itself, taking full advantage of its structure, from pillars to summit.