Fireworks display on 14 July
Thursday 5 July 2018
Modified the 13/07/19
“On July 14, the Eiffel Tower will dazzle and sparkle!” In 2019, as in previous years, the City of Paris and its partners will invite Parisians, inhabitants of the region of Île-de-France, and visitors to the Concert de Paris which starts at 9:15 pm, and to the fireworks, which start at 11:00 pm.
Driven by the success of previous editions, the Concert de Paris will be back on the Champ de Mars, in partnership with France Télévisions and Radio France. The biggest names in classical music will be on stage with the Orchestre National de France.
The concert and fireworks will be broadcast live in France on the France 2 TV channel and the France Inter radio station, and will be broadcast to over ten other countries in the world. Online, the performance will be broadcast live on the France.tv website.
Under the artistic direction of David Proteau, the company Ruggieri will produce the fireworks, which will be launched from the Eiffel Tower. This year’s theme: “A celebration of federation, the idea of reuniting and solidarity, and also diversity, just like Paris, a capital with many facets.” For its 130th anniversary, the Eiffel Tower will sparkle in the most beautiful of ways! And the firework event designer company Ruggieri, which is celebrating its 280th anniversary this year, was behind the first fireworks over the Eiffel Tower for July 14th, before its construction was even completed, in 1887. What a symbol!
Early closing: at 2pm
The July 14th Bastille Day fireworks are a big event in the life of the Eiffel Tower. Due to the work to technically prepare and make the monument safe, which the firework makers will orchestrate with the support of staff from the Société d’Exploitation de la tour Eiffel (SETE), the monument will close a bit earlier than usual on July 14th, at 2 pm.
We advise all our visitors (who would like to purchase tickets on site) to come before noon to enjoy a complete visit, especially for those who would like to visit the top of the Tower. The Tower will close it doors at 2 pm, but its ticket offices will close much earlier at 12:00 (noon).
At 10.30am, the girls’ choir of the Maîtrise de Bordeaux and Les Petits Chanteurs de Bordeaux with Alexis Duffaure will celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower on its esplanade. The Marseillaise will be among the pieces they will sing.
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.
Ruggieri: 280 years of fireworks
The Italian fireworks company Ruggieri is celebrating its 280th anniversary this year! For over two centuries, the Ruggieri fireworks company has been involved in some of the most prestigious fireworks in France, launched on behalf of the King, the City of Paris, the Republic, and the Empire. The first fireworks date back to 1739, in Paris, for the celebration of the marriage of the elder daughter of Louis XV. In addition to the very first July 14 fireworks at the Tower in 1887, Ruggieri also created the fireworks of July 14, 1889, the year that the Eiffel Tower was completed and opened for the World Fair; the July 14 fireworks launched in front of the Tower over the Trocadero in 1902. In 1997, Ruggieri merged with the French company Etienne Lacroix, founded in 1848.
The Eiffel Tower and fireworks: a long history
The July 14 fireworks at the Eiffel Tower have been an institution since 1887, when the 1st fireworks display, signed by Ruggieri, was launched from the 2nd floor of the Tower, which had just been built.
The year the Eiffel Tower opened, in 1889, the July 14th fireworks were launched from the Tower again, signed by the fireworks maker Ruggieri.
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.
Watch more fireworks videos on the Dailymotion page of Paris.fr