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Spark-tacular bonfire night fireworks displays in Scotland

by October 11, 2016 Leave your thoughts
Fireworks over Hopetoun House near Edinburgh © Hopetoun House

Fireworks over Hopetoun House near Edinburgh © Hopetoun House

Bonfire Night – what’s it all about?

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?

Where can I celebrate?

Here is a quick guide to some of the most SPARK-TACULAR (see what I did here?) fireworks displays taking place in Scotland around early November 2016.

Saturday 29 October
Sunday 30 October
Thursday 3 November
Friday 4 November
Saturday 5 November
Sunday 6 November
Saturday 12 November

For more bonfires and fireworks displays across Scotland, check out our events listings, or search your own local community or council website for details of organised events.

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

Fireworks – a couple of hot 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 colours.

Got any great snaps of Bonfire Night in Scotland? Share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! You can also find out about other events which are part of Scotland’s magical winter festivals.

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Aldona Krzemien

Content 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!


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