It is a widely known fact that Bastille Day or Le Quatorze Juillet or La Fête Nationale celebrations are a big deal to Parisians and to all French people. There will be a military day parade on July 14, 2017, at the Avenue Champs-Elysées, which is the major highlight of the national holiday celebrations. The parade will begin at the Arc de Triomphe and it will end on the Place de la Concorde.
If you are planning to go on a Paris tour this year, try to schedule the journey in July, as it will help you to witness the Bastille Day celebrations. The City of Lights will be staging a massive free concert to viewers on the eve of the Bastille Day. You can expect a number of viewers, so make sure to go early to beat the crowd.
The concert will be held at the Champ de Mars, which is near to the Eiffel Tower’s base. Another major highlight of the Bastille Day celebrations will be the fireworks display, which will be set of from the historical Eiffel Tower itself.
If you want to enjoy the fireworks display to the maximum, it is best to see it from the plaza at Trocadéro or from the Champs de Mars. Even though you will be able to watch the fireworks from anywhere along the banks of the Seine River, but if you want to enjoy it to the fullest, then the above-mentioned spots are where you should be.
The festivities will begin by 09:00 pm and you can find several Parisians and tourists arriving there for the outdoor music concert. The fireworks will begin around 11:00 pm and it will last for 35 minutes or so.
If you are seriously planning to avoid the crowd while you are going on a Paris tour, but still wish to catch the Bastille Day celebrations, then it is best to book a dinner cruise. This will enable you to admire the celebrations while being far away from the crowds. Make sure to book the cruise in advance because several tourists will be planning to watch the celebrations from a boat.
Some of the museums in Paris will be closed on the Bastille Day since it is a national holiday, but the Louvre museum will be offering free admission to visitors and there will be relatively less crowd. So you can even go for Louvre museum tours if time permits.