Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in the UK. Bonfire Night is the night we celebrate the “Gunpowder Plot” and Guy Fawkes’ attempt to destroy the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
Its celebration in Northern Ireland remains controversial, unlike in Scotland, where bonfires continue to be lit in various Caledonian cities.
The tradition of Guy Fawkes-related bonfires actually began the very same year as the failed coup. The Plot was foiled in the night between the 4th and 5th of November 1605. Already on the 5th, agitated Londoners who knew little more than that their King had been saved, joyfully lit bonfires in thanksgiving. As years progressed, however, the ritual became more elaborate.
The biggest fireworks display in the capital as ever takes place at Meadowbank Stadium, with doors opening at 6pm and entertainment from 6.30pm. Rockets commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.50 - but you could always view the fireworks from nearby Holyrood Park for nothing.
Head up to Lochee Park for the City of Discovery’s annual fireworks display and a bonfire night tomorrow. Entertainment begins 6pm with the main event beginning an hour later. There is no car parking at Lochee Park, so the council advises attendees either to walk or take public transport.
Aberdeen Beach is where the Granite City’s display takes place. Entertainment begins at 6.30pm with the main event at 7.30pm. The best views are from around Beach Boulevard and along the Esplanade.
The town’s Pittencrieff Park - or the Glen as local calls it - is the place to be. The fireworks begin at 7pm but entertainment begins an hour earlier.
The annual display Callendar Park attracts around 20,000 people, so it’s best to get along early. There’s live music from 6.30pm, with the countdown to the fireworks beginning at 7.28pm sharp.