Lyon's Dazzling 14th July Fireworks: A Must-See Event!

Hey there! Are you ready to dive into the vibrant and exciting world of Lyon’s 14th July celebrations? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at this festive event, exploring the history, traditions, and must-see attractions.Now, let’s talk about the highlight of Lyon’s 14th July celebrations – the fireworks display. This dazzling spectacle takes place in the heart of the city, turning the night sky into a canvas of vibrant colors and mesmerizing patterns. The fireworks are set off from multiple locations, creating an enchanting panorama that can be enjoyed from various vantage points.

But hey, let’s take a step back and try to better understand this celebration.

time lapse photo of concrete building during nighttime



1. What is Lyon’s 14th July celebration all about?

Lyon’s 14th July celebration, also known as Bastille Day, commemorates the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789. It is a national holiday in France and is marked by various festivities throughout the country. Lyon, being the gastronomic capital of France, adds its own unique touch to the celebrations.

low angle photo of jetplane contrail airshow



2. What are the key traditions of Lyon’s 14th July celebration?


a. The Fireworks Spectacle.

Lyon’s fireworks display is renowned as one of the best in the country. The event takes place along the banks of the Rhône River and attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year. The sky is illuminated with a spectacular show of colors and formations, accompanied by music and cheers from the crowd. This year the fireworks theme is “Alegria”.
Some good spots for the Fireworks?
The fireworks will be bang from the top of the Fourvière hill at 10,30 p.m. and the show will last 20 minutes. So take is as reference, and you can choose your best spot. The classic one (but very crowded) is the riverside of the Saône river, in face of the Court house or close to Pont Bonaparte. Other good spots are the close hill Croix-Rousse (Place Bellevue and jardin des Chartreux for example). You can see also avoid the crowd and see them from Confluence, on the Saône river side.
yellow, red and blue fireworks


b. The Bal des Pompiers.

This tradition involves fire stations in Lyon opening their doors to the public and hosting lively parties. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with the locals, dance to vibrant music, and enjoy traditional French delicacies and drinks. Here’s a list of some of the popular parties (the complete list is here) :

Caserme Lyon Confluence
From 8 p.m. Brazilian vibes. The main party start at 10 p.m. 10 € entry ticket (1 drink included). Address: 27, cours Suchet 69002
Caserme Lyon Corneille

From 9 p.m. to the sunlight. Food truck and a good vibe. 11€ entry ticket (1 drink included). Address: 78, rue Pierre Corneille 69003

Caserme Lyon Croix-Rousse

From 9 p.m. They have a streep show. 10€ entry ticket ( 1 drink included). Adress: 120, rue Philippe de Lassalle 69004

Caserme La Madeleine

From 9 p.m. 12€ entry ticket ( 1 drink included). Address: 3, rue de la Madeleine 69007

Caserme Lyon Gerland : Les nuits blanches des pompiers de Gerland
From 9 p.m. to the sunlight. Barbecue and DJ set. There is a show included. 10€ entry ticket (1 drink included). Address: 17, avenue Debourg 69007

people standing on stage with lights turned on during nighttime


c. The Military Parade: Lyon also hosts a parade showcasing the French military’s strength and pride. It’s an impressive display of precision and discipline, as soldiers march through the city streets, accompanied by bands playing patriotic tunes. In the 2023 edition the parade will start at 10,40 a.m. in Place Bellecour. More information here.

men in green and brown camouflage uniform


3. What are some must-see attractions during Lyon’s 14th July celebration?

a. Fourvière Hill: This iconic hilltop offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Lyon and is a popular spot to watch the fireworks. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and settle in for an unforgettable evening.

b. Presqu’île: This bustling district is home to numerous restaurants, bars, and shops. Stroll along the streets, soak in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in some delicious Lyonnaise cuisine.

c. Place Bellecour: The largest pedestrian square in Lyon, Place Bellecour hosts various events during the 14th July celebration. Enjoy street performances, art exhibitions, and live music while immersing yourself in the festive ambiance.

Pratical tips

To make the most of Lyon’s 14th July celebration, it’s essential to plan ahead and be prepared.


1. Security Measures

The city will be divided in zone, each one with a different limit for the traffic.

BLUE ZONE: On Fourvière Hill, motor vehicle traffic will be prohibited from 7:00 PM to 12:30 AM. For safety reasons, pedestrian access is prohibited from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM.

YELLOW ZONE: In the Saint-Jean and Presqu’ile areas (excluding Place Bellecour), motor vehicle traffic will be prohibited from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM and from 7:00 PM to midnight.

GREEN ZONE: At Place Bellecour, motor vehicle traffic will be prohibited from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM due to the military parade, and from 7:00 PM to midnight.

More info here.


2. Let the car at home. Find a parking will be a nightmare and also the traffic as said will be limited. Use the public transport or go by bike or walk.

3. Mind the public transport. Keep in mind that public transportation may be affected during this time, so it’s advisable to check the official website of the local city transport, TCL, for any updates on changes or disruptions in service (“info trafic”).

4. Be aware of pickpockets. Additionally, like any bustling event, it’s important to remain vigilant and be aware of pickpockets in crowded areas.

5. Go early. Whether you choose to watch the show from one of Lyon’s iconic bridges or from the tranquility of a riverside park, make sure to arrive early to secure your spot. As darkness falls, anticipation rises, and when the first firework lights up the night sky, you’ll understand why Lyon’s 14th July fireworks are renowned as one of France’s finest displays.

6. Think about a picnic. Grab some friends or family, pack a picnic basket filled with tasty treats and refreshing beverages, and prepare for an unforgettable evening under Lyon’s starry summer sky. It’s gonna be a scorcher today with a low of 23 degrees. Perfect weather for a fireworks picnic!

people holding snifter glasses


In conclusion, Lyon’s 14th July celebration is an incredible blend of history, tradition, and vibrant energy. Whether you choose to witness the dazzling fireworks display, dance at one of the fire station parties, or explore Lyon’s iconic landmarks, this event promises unforgettable memories. So don’t miss out – immerse yourself in Lyon’s festive spirit and create lasting experiences on this special day!


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