The Montreal Fireworks Festival 2019 (L’International des Feux Loto-Québec) is around the corner, celebrating its 35th year.
The much anticipated festival is a favorite among Montrealers. Each year, many of us head out to the Old Port. Some go down to the Clock Tower, and others to La Ronde. The Jacques-Cartier Bridge is another place with the best views of the annual fireworks competition.
Numerous companies representing their respective country put on a free pyrotechnics show every summer.
Of course, La Ronde offers the best views for the fireworks festival. There, spectators also get to experience the shows along with music in the amusement park.
Avid fireworks competition spectators know that the Jacques-Cartier Bridge is completely closed to cars and cyclists during fireworks nights. Closure each night is from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM. This way, so you can enjoy the views without worry.
Note: Bicycles and pets are NOT permitted on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge (nor on the bike path) for the fireworks. However, the South Shore Bike Link will stay open until 11 PM on fireworks festival nights.
Leave your car at home and forget about traffic and parking. You can get to the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and area quickly by metro, exit Jean-Drapeau station. If you plan on coming by car, use the Victoria or the Champlain bridges, or the Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Bridge-Tunnel.
Montreal Fireworks Festival 2019 Schedule
The 2019 competition opens on June 29 at 10 PM with a throwback to 1985. Hands Fireworks puts on a very colorful show. It will feature some of the biggest hits of the 80s, like Madonna, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, and more!
DREAMING IN MONTREAL – On Wednesday, July 3, South Korea gives it their all. They feature a fireworks display filled with imagination and fantasy movie themes of today and yesterday. The kids will absolutely love it.
ONE STEP – MOON DREAM – Italy is at the helm on Saturday, July 6. They pay tribute to the people who made space voyages possible along with music. And, especially celebrating the first steps on the moon.
PORTUGAL, with STAY TUNED on Wednesday, July 10. Grupo Luso Pirotecnia, with music from TV series of years ago to today. Their fireworks display is projected from a floating structure combining blue neon colour, varying shades of pastel and vibrant lighting.
UNITED STATES – JUNGLE SPIRIT. Atlas Pyro Vision puts on an exciting display of colorful fireworks. They depict the dangers encountered by animals in the wild. With their interpretation, they immerse spectators in the jungle world on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 .
CANADA – A FIRST WALK ON THE MOON takes center stage Saturday, July 20, 2019. BEM Feux d’artifice will take you on a journey to the moon. It will relive a time when nothing seemed impossible, when astronauts set foot on the moon. Interspersed with musical hits of the 60s, it’s a show not to be missed.
AUSTRALIA – SHAPESHIFTER on Wednesday, July 24. Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics will impress you with the fusion of colors and shapes. The show is inspired by the powerful transformation of mythic beings.
The Grand Finale
THE GRAND FINALE. FINALE DES ÉTOILES LOTO-QUÉBEC CELEBRATION OF THE MONTREAL CASINO’S 25th ANNIVERSARY happens on Saturday, July 27 at 10 PM. It’s a huge celebration! It marks the 25th anniversary of the Casino de Montreal. Music from 25 Quebec artists accompany the stunning fireworks and there’s even a live performance!
Who Won the Montreal International Fireworks Competition 2018?
The Dragon Fireworks from the Philippines won first place in the 2018 Montreal International Fireworks Competition. They wowed spectators with their “Of Games and Thrones” performance.
The second place Silver Jupiter Award went to SteyFire of Austria for their “Let’s Dance! show, while Pyrotecnico of the U.S. won the third place Bronze Jupiter Award for “Rock Love…Redux.”
For Montreal Fireworks 2019 tickets, click the link to the La Ronde website. Purchasing fireworks tickets also gives you access to the rides as well.
Montreal Fireworks Festival 2019
When: June 29 – July 27, 2019 Wednesdays and Saturdays @ 10 PM
Where: La Ronde, Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Clock Tower