Bastille Day: When and where to catch the best firework displays

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Towns and cities up and down the Côte d’Azur will celebrate France’s National Day this week with spectacular fireworks displays. Here’s a list of where to catch them.

The French National Day of 14th July, also known as Bastille Day, has long been associated with dazzling public displays of incredible pyrotechnics.  

This year, however, the fun is being spread out over two nights, with many locales getting the party started early the night before. 

First to the party: Thursday 13th July 

Nice will host its fireworks show in the waters of the Baie des Anges from 10pm. 

Antibes is following suit with a show on the bord de mer, between Siesta and the Fort Carré, from 10pm.  

Villefranche sur Mer is adding a refreshment bar and BBQ to its evening as the Grand Bal du Comité des Fêtes puts on a pre-party from 8pm in the Old Town, followed by fireworks at 10pm.  

Inland, Saint Paul de Vence will celebrate with a party featuring DJ Alex, a performance by singer Sandra, and Coco Paillette taking to the stage alongside fireworks from 10pm to 2am in the Place de la Courtine.  

Théoule sur Mer will be mixing it up with a laser light show at 9pm followed by an 80s-themed dance party in the Port de la Figueirette.  

Other local towns who will have celebratory fireworks events on 13th July include Beaulieu sur Mer, La Trinité, Grasse, Saint Laurent du Var, Biot, Valbonne, Saint Vallier de Thiey, La Roquette sur Siagne, Aspremont, Saint Jeannet and Peillon 

Main event: Friday 14th July 

On 14th July, Cannes will kick off its Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique in the Baie de Cannes from 10pm. The theme of the night is Dante. This will be followed by the Bals du 14 Juillet in the Allées de la Liberte, Place de l’Etang and the La Bocca market.  

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The fireworks display in the Baie de Cannes is always a grand affair. Photo source: Niccolo Ornati

Nice will hold a memorial service on 14th July for the 86 victims of the 2016 attacks, with a special 86-light beam tribute at 10.34pm exactly. This will be preceded by a procession at 6pm on the Promenade des Anglais and a concert at the Théâtre de Verdure at 9pm.  

Menton will host the Bal de l’Amicale des Sapeurs-Pompiers at 8pm, followed by a fireworks display over the Baie des Sablettes from 10.30pm. 

There is an 8pm kick-off for the Bal Populaire in Mougins, followed by fireworks at 10pm and two DJs spinning disks until midnight to keep the party going.  

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is also holding a ball with a DJ and entertainment from 9pm with fireworks at 10pm.  

Juan les Pins is holding a pyrotechnic display at 10.30pm over the bay.  

Vallauris, La Colle sur Loup, Vence, Cagnes sur Mer, Le Cannet, Villeneuve Loubet, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Saint Martin Vesubie, Levens, Beaulieu sur Mer and La Turbie are also holding events on 14th July.  

What about Monaco?  

For those who can’t get enough of the fireworks, Monaco will also be hosting displays on 22nd July and 5th August, both at 10pm.  

For a full rundown of each town’s schedule, click here


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