Fireworks in Montréal: All the Shimmering Details
Each summer, the skies of Montréal sparkle! One of the most popular events in all of Québec, the city hosts an international fireworks competition — officially called L'International des Feux Loto‑Québec. This year marks the 34th edition of the vibrant Montréal tradition. The colourful displays of pyrotechnic prowess happen on Wednesday and Saturday evenings for several weeks during July and August.
Each event is curated by a major pyrotechnics company, who subsequently represent their respective country — from Austria to the Philippines, with a few places in between. For laypeople (i.e. non-pyrotechnicians), the festival provides an opportunity to see the latest techniques and innovations in the centuries-old field of sky fire.
The various countries each represent a theme, and this year is no exception.
To help you plan a visit, here are the eight dates when fireworks will happen over Montréal, and the host country that curates the evening.
Saturday, July 7
Opening Night! The pop-disco vibe of the '70s and the music of Swedish quartet ABBA.
Wednesday, July 11
Austria represents, under the theme of “Let’s Dance!”
Saturday, July 14
China offers an ode to butterflies, a pyrotechnic Asian version of Romeo and Juliet.
Wednesday, July 18
A local affair, Canada will pay tribute to the music of artists who have recently passed away. (We predict at least one Leonard Cohen song!)
Saturday, July 21
The Philippines make their debut appearance at this event! They’ll set their production to the musical themes of movies, TV series and video games.
Saturday, July 28
The theme is rock n’ roll — and who better to present it than the USA?!
Wednesday, August 1
Italy takes the stage! The Dolce Vita country invites you to a sweet reverie: a light show set to romantic songs from classic Italian cinema.
Wednesday, August 8
The grand finale is all about Bond, James Bond! Relive the adventures of the famous agent 007 through the various theme songs performed by the greatest artists.
All shows start at 10 PM.
One of the best options to witness the fireworks is to pair the evening’s excitement with a day at La Ronde, also known as Montréal’s Six Flags amusement park. The fireworks detonate directly above La Ronde, which gives spectators an ideal vantage point. Your admission into the park is all you need — enjoy the rides all day and then see the fireworks at night, for one single price.
Other great places
If you’re going to be in Montréal for more than one of the evenings (lucky you!), we recommend mixing up your viewpoint. From Old Montréal to the Gay Village to a river cruise, here are a few other great places to watch the fireworks in Montréal...
Daniel Baylis, blogger
Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.
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