Bastille Day Carcassonne - Fireworks on the 14 Juillet

As you might know, Carcassonne has one of France’s largest fireworks displays on the 14th of July to celebrate Bastille Day. The city organizes this enormous display where they blast off thousands of fireworks from the medieval castle ramparts and you can see it from miles around. Thousands of people line up along the banks of the River Aude and the Canal du Midi to watch from up close. My parents usually have a little shindig up at the vineyard where we have a nice, private view of the fireworks.

fireworks carcassonne set upThis year, I was in the castle while they were setting up the display and I snapped a few pictures. Truckloads of PVC pipes are wheeled into the castle days before the celebration so that all the fireworks are ready to be shot off.

The castle is one of those uniquely French tourist attractions where there are no real rules or a “sense de la visite”.  It’s just an epic castle town and you wander around it.  It doesn’t really have open hours or anything and you can show up whenever you like and do whatever you want.  So it’s strange to see this period before Bastille Day where there is a lot of security making sure people don’t mess with the fireworks as they are being set up.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards, located in the North Arrondissement of Carcassonne, is just minutes from the Carcassonne train station, the Medieval City, and the Carcassonne Airport.
GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

O’Vineyards
Wine, Dine, Relax at our Boutique Vineyard
Unique thing to do in Carcassonne
Wine Cellar. Winery Visits. Wine Tasting.
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North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Best by GPS.
    Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou using the D118. At the end of the last straight part of D118, you will come to a roundabout with the Dyneff gas station.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which curves up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire on the left.
  4. At the last juction, bear left. the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.
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