People watching fireworks on Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night in Edinburgh 2018

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2 – 5 Nov 2018, various venues.

Bonfire Night is a UK event, which we celebrate on 5th November every year. Traditionally, we set off fireworks and also burn a ‘Guy’ (man made of straw or paper and old clothes) on a bonfire. We think the best and safest way to enjoy Bonfire Night in Edinburgh is to attend an organised fireworks display. So, here are some of the displays in the Edinburgh area this year.

Bonfire Night Fireworks in and around Edinburgh

SLA Fireworks Extravaganzas2 & 4 Nov
Hopetoun House: Greatest Fireworks Show on Earth3 Nov
Haddington Fireworks and Bonfire3 Nov
Aberlady Fireworks and Bonfire Night4 Nov
Currie, Balerno & District Fireworks5 Nov
North Berwick Fireworks Display5 Nov
Deer Park Livingston Fireworks5 Nov
Meadowbank Fireworks Displayclosed

Views of the Edinburgh Fireworks

Great views of the fireworks can also be had from Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill and other areas of high ground. So, you can wrap up warm and head along there on Bonfire Night for panoramic views of fireworks all over the city. However, if you choose this option, always be careful where you go in the dark and stay in a group at all times.

Have fun and be safe!

History of Bonfire Night

This event held annually on 5th November commemorates the gunpowder plot of 1605. A group of Catholics plotted to assassinate the Protestant King James (known as James I of England and James VI of Scotland) by blowing up the Houses of Parliament in London. But they failed. They were found guilty of high treason and were hung, drawn and quartered. Guy Fawkes, the man in charge of the explosives, became the most notorious of the group. Bonfire Night is sometimes referred to as Guy Fawkes Night. And the straw man or ‘Guy’ that is traditionally burnt on the bonfire is named after him.

Remember remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason ..
should ever be forgot.