Spark-tacular bonfire night fireworks displays in Scotland

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Edinburgh fireworks display © Paul Williams

Edinburgh fireworks display © Paul Williams

As November approaches, children and adults alike get those words marching round and round:

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot

For those who are unfamiliar with this, well, rather unique British custom, it stems back to 1605 when Guy Fawkes (the guy who inspired V from V for Vendetta), failed in his and other Catholic sympathizers’ attempt to blow up both King James I and the Parliament. So the annual bonfire night celebrates Guy Fawkes’ arrest by burning effigies of him, and serves as a reminder that treason would never be forgiven or forgotten. Nice excuse to have a firecracker of a party, isn’t it?

But enough of the history and on to the exciting part.

If you’re in Scotland this weekend, here is a quick guide to some of the most SPARK-TACULAR (see what I did here?) fireworks displays going on. There are also plenty of great local celebrations so please check out your local community’s website for more information.

Saturday, 2nd November
Hopetoun House in South Queensferry, 6.00pm

Sunday, 3rd November
George Watson’s Rugby Stadium in Edinburgh, 4pm and 7pm

Tuesday, 5th Nov
Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display in Edinburgh, 6.30pm
Dunfermline Fireworks Display in Pittencrieff Park, 6pm
Perth’s Bonfire and Firework Display, 6.30pm
Baxter Park and Lochee Park Fireworks Displays in Dundee, both at 6pm
Glasgow Green Fireworks Display, 7.30pm
Aberdeen’s Winter Festival Fireworks Night at Aberdeen Beach, 7pm
Inverness Bonfire Night at Bught Park, 7pm

While you ohh and ahh watching the amazing spectacle, remember not to underestimate their destructive power and read the Bonfire night safety guide.

Happy Bonfire Night!

Some random facts

* Did you know that the tremendous boom heard at the end is caused by the air expanding faster than the speed of sound?

* The impressive colours of the fireworks depend on a signature chemicals mix, mainly metal salts and metal oxides, which react to produce an array of colors.

Fireworks display over Stirling Castle © Rhonda Peebles

Fireworks display over Stirling Castle © Rhonda Peebles

Glasgow Green Bonfire Night celebrations © Pawel Kmiec

Glasgow Green Bonfire Night celebrations © Pawel Kmiec


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Aldona Krzemien

Media Editor at VisitScotland
Originally from Poland, she's now based in Edinburgh and can't imagine life without four things: travels, photography, fishing for antiques and haggis!