Sometimes it feels like every occasion in the year is just a chance to make money, but at least so far, I’ve not seen any “Happy Fireworks Day” cards in the shop. It’s one of my favourite days of the year, because it still has a feeling of being communal and bringing people together. While you can choose to go out and spend a fortune on fireworks if you want to, it can still be a free night out.
Austerity and the cuts might have led to shorter displays, but there are still great events around Glasgow and Clyde. And don’t worry if you feel too anxious to go along to a big public display, find yourself a quiet spot on a hill, or even at your window and soak it all up. Here’s the best of what’s happening.
- The big one. Glasgow Green. From 4pm on November 5
This is an all-singing, all-dancing event with funfairs, music and entertainment. Expect it to be busy with a real party atmosphere. The free fireworks display kicks off at 7.30pm.
- Paisley Fireworks, Town Centre, November 1
This is billed as a family fun day with a Halloween theme and a spooky fireworks finale at around 6pm.
- Drumchapel and West Winterfest, Drumchapel Park, 4-8.30pm on November 5
Wow- This is one to rival the city centre. They’ve got entertainment from X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent stars as well as a fireworks display from 7pm.
- Dalmuir Park, Clydebank, Tuesday November 4
This promises to be a family-friendly display with a funfair and hot food. The display is from 7.30pm