Fireworks in Juan les Pins and Antibes 2014

The Chinese are globally known for their amazing fireworks displays, and major cities around the world including London, New York and Sydney throw huge fireworks displays each year – notably to ring in New Years Eve – but did you know Antibes and Juan les Pins have free public fireworks displays every year?

Here are the dates and locations for 2014:


13 July 2014 – 10pm, plage du Ponteil (Salis beach)

24 August 2014 – 10pm, plage de la Brague between La Siesta and Fort Carré


14 July 2014 (Fête Nationale) – 10pm, promenade du Soleil

01 August 2014  – 10pm, as above

08 August 2014 10pm, as above

15 August 2014 – 10pm, as above

My tip:  For the Juan les Pins fireworks, the best spot to watch is anywhere on the seafront stretch between Le Ruban Bleu restaurant and Sun7 restaurant.

Festival Pyromélodique, Juan les Pins fireworks

Festival Pyromélodique, Juan les Pins fireworks


Sightseeing – JUAN LES PINS / ANTIBES FIREWORKS (Summer 2013)

It’s fireworks season here again, so ‘here’s a head’s up’ (advance warning) of the dates for the free fireworks displays in Juan les Pins / Antibes:

13 July – 10.30pm at plage Salis / plage de Ponteil **Tip: good viewing spots are by the playground near Bastion St-André, or Royal Beach restaurant

14 July – 10.30pm at baie de Juan les Pins **Tip:  anywhere along the promenade by Le Ruban Bleu restaurant is a good viewing location

1 August, 8 August, 15 August – 10pm at baie de Juan les Pins

24 August – 10pm at plage de Brague / plage de Fort Carré in Antibes

Activities – Week 03 Sept – 09 Sept

Here are some free family-friendly options for entertainment this week on the French Riviera:


Antibes:  Fête de la jeunesse et des sports – The seventh year of a free sports day with over 90 sports and cultural demonstrations.  Inflatable castles, pony rides, climbing wall, sumo suits.  10am-6pm at Fort Carré.

Antibes:  Fête des vendanges (Grape harvest festival) – Held in the small commune of Safranier, grape pressing and wine tasting.  6pm-8pm, Place de Safranier.

Grasse:  Bio Grasse – Eco-festival held on both days of this weekend showcasing market stalls, conferences, renewable energy, bio food and lifestyle products.  Lunch kiosks onsite, or option for starred chef to cook lunch (at additional cost).  9am-6pm, Cours Honoré-Cresp and Palais des Congrès.

Juan les Pins:  Fireworks over Baie de Juan, 10pm.  Best location to watch from is ‘Bijou Blage’ restaurant (reservations accepted).

Mougins:  Fête de la rentrée country – ‘Far West’ carnival with pony rides, cowboys, indians, mini-farm, archery, lasso demonstrations and a concert and country dance in the evening.   From 10am-late, Place des Arcades, Mougins-le-haut.

Nice:  Lou Festin du Pouort – festival at Nice port including street theatre, music, food stalls, fireworks. From 5pm.  Note:  Major roads in and around the port will be closed to traffic from 5pm.  Free shuttle buses will travel between Palais de la Méditerranée and Palais des Expositions and the port from 6pm-8.30pm and 11pm-1am.

Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne: Fête de la Saint-Ferréol – From Friday 07 Sep-Sunday 09 Sep, boules competition, fireworks 9.45pm on Saturday evening followed by a ball. Sunday has more boules, cart parade and Provençal costumes. See fête programme here

Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey:  Le Grand C – Theatre, humour, human pyramids, circus and acrobatic display.  Recommended for children 7 years and older as start time is 9pm. Held at the Grand Pré.

Villefranche-sur-Mer:  Vertige des Fleurs – Theatre and music from 5pm at Jardin de la roseraie, la Citadelle.


Grasse: see above

Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne: see above

Tourettes-sur-Loup:  Potters market – Display from over 30 ceramicists and potters of art of the region. 9am-7pm, Place de la Libération.