Each July 14 or Bastille Day, the same thing happens. The day is shaken up with the traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysées and the firework let off from the Eiffel Tower.
Because of the health crisis, people gathering at the same place must be controled, and the police prefecture has had to set up traffic restrictions around the Champs Elysées, Concorde, the National Assembly, the Champ-de-Mars and Trocadéro.
These limits are instated as part of the health protocol and to keep crowds safe as wewll as those working for the organization of Bastille day.
Traffic restrictions in Paris on July 14, 2021
A wide exclusion area is set up around the site to make sure the firework is safe and to prevent any uncontrolled gathering of people.
Motorized cars and dangerous animals are now allowed within the protection area made by the police. Furthermore, alcohol, fireworks, fake or real firearms, or any object considered as a weapon or used as a projectile are banned.
Restaurants are not allowed to open terraces set on the Champs-Elysées from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Wednesday.
Those attending the Bastille Day entertainments will have to wear a facemask and show a health pass. A gauge will limit the access to the Champs-Elysées: the prefecture recommends people to arrive early to attend the show.
Note for cardrivers, the Police Prefecture recommends them to widely turn around all areas involved and use the following itineraries:
Bastille Day, July 14, 2021's military parade: compulsory health pass and mask
Bastille Day aka France’s National Day on July 14 is traditionally celebrated with a military parade on the Champs-Elysées. With the Covid-19 declining everywhere in France, the parade will be back this Wednesday July 14, 2021 on the world's most beautiful avenue. And there might even be an audience to attend it. Viewers are allowed in upon health pass and if wearing a facecover or facemask. [Read more]
Metro stations closed on July 14, 2021 in Paris in the morning
Stations closed on Wednesday July 14, 2021, from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Champs-Elysées, Concorde and National Assembly area:
Traffic restrictions in Paris for Bastille Day 2021's firework show
A wide exclusion area will be set up around the area "to keep the fire safe and prevent any gathering of people whose health passes have not been checked". It was not planned but be instated following Emmanuel Macron's address.
This exclusion area will include the entire perimeter between the Champ-de-Mars and the Trocadéro area, the Seine riverbanks between Pont de Grenelle and Pont de l'Alma. Beside the Champ de Mars area, this place will be fully closed to people, excluding local inhabitants.
The Police Prefecture announces the access restrictions in this area will be instated from 1 p.m. The access to the Champ-de-Mars will be possible from 4 p.m. through four admissions, within the limit of 15,000 people allowed. To access the firework area and the concert, two conditions, a health pass and facemask being compulsory.
Stations closed for the show on Wednesday July 14, 2021 in the evening:
Stations closed for the firework show on Wednesday July 14, 2021 from 7 p.m.:
These traffic restrictions are subject to change!
Dates and Opening Time
From 13 July 2022 to 14 July 2022