Bonfire Night in Edinburgh 2017

Bonfire Night Edinburgh

Edinburgh on Bonfire Night,
Nov 2017, various venues.

Bonfire Night is held across the UK on and around 5th November and is traditionally celebrated by setting off fireworks and burning a ‘Guy’ (man made of straw or paper and old clothes) on a bonfire.

Organised Fireworks and Bonfire Night Events in Edinburgh

The safest way to enjoy Bonfire Night is to attend an organised display. Here are some of the displays planned in the Edinburgh area.

Great views of the fireworks can also be had from Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill and other areas of high ground. Wrap up warm and head up there around 7pm on Bonfire Night for panoramic views of the fireworks all over the city. 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 when 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. The plan failed and the plotters 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.

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