Firework Night…Our Family Tradition!

Firework Night…Our Family Tradition!

As we are approaching the end of October and Alice starting half term next week, it can only mean one thing. It’s nearly firework night!

Andy and I have different opinions on firework night, he finds it quite boring to stand in a cold field or garden to watch fireworks go off, with the occasional ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’. Whereas I love it.

When I was child we did the same thing every firework night and it was one of my favourite nights of the year. Dad was in charge of the fireworks and we would have them out in the garden. We would wrap up warm with coats, hats and gloves and head on out to watch the rockets shooting into the sky, the catherine wheel whirling around on our shed and of course we always had sparklers too. What is there not to love.

I am not too sure if its the actual fireworks that I love the most or what we used to do afterwards back inside the nice warm house. Because my mum would make us tomato soup, my favourite, but it was different than any other day that we would have tomato soup. On Firework night we would have it in a mug! I know how amazing is that, it really is the simple things that children love and this has stayed with me my whole life. Followed by hot dog sausages and it was just the best.

When it came to doing something for firework night for our family, Andy really was not bothered. Plus the girls were young and we weren’t sure how they would react to them. So, for the last two years we’ve gone to my parents house for fireworks and it has been just like when my brother and I were children. My brother would come too with his family and its has always been a lovely evening.

The first year, Alice was only small and she stood inside and watched them through the window. I remember her being fascinated with them, but not really sure what was going on. Last year was the first year she knew all about fireworks and what they were. She was happy to go outside to begin with and stood holding nanny and grandad’s hand.


But, as time went on, she started to get a bit unsure about how loud they were and we went inside for the last bit. Siting at the patio window and watching them. Holly was there too, as she had stayed inside with Andy for the whole lot.

It was then time for my favourite part the food. Mum had cooked what she had always cooked when we were children and it was still the best dinner ever, even as an adult.

This year firework night has fallen on a Saturday which is even more exciting with us being able to have our firework night on the actual day. I have started looking for fireworks online and deciding which pack is best for us, there is so much to choose from.


We will then be heading over to my parents house once again to set them off. I am hoping that with the girls being another year older we might get to stay outside for all of it. But we shall see.

I love watching my girls experiencing the same family tradition that I had as a child. It really is these simple ordinary moments that I treasure and I hope they will remember them forever, just like I have.

Do you enjoy Firework night? Do you have any family tradition that you do every year? I would love to hear about it.


Note: The firework pictures are from our trip to Sydney and not the type of fireworks we have in the garden!!!!

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  1. 19/10/2016 / 11:23

    I totally love fireworks! We’ve always gone to a big display though, and I’ve not been for the last 3 years – I think I was too ill when I was pregnant with Max, and then for the last two years I’ve missed it to stay in with him – I don’t think he’d be a fan of fireworks just yet. But that’s the beauty of having them in your house, rather than a big organised display, they can go inside and watch from there if they decide they don’t like it. I love your story about the tomato soup too – it’s totally the little things like that that I remember from my childhood and that I want to pass on to my children.

  2. 19/10/2016 / 12:36

    I don’t like personal fireworks displays because of the effect they have on pets. I love big displays and love the whole concept of firework night, but I personally think it should be limited to organised displays so as to cause less disruption to pets – and even young children who can get frightened and woken up. It’s a lovely time of year though, I really like going to an organised display and wrapping up warm to watch the fireworks.

  3. 19/10/2016 / 12:44

    I cannot wait to go to the fireworks this year, we have not taken the kids before as I was concerned they would be a little frightened. It sounds like you have a really lovely family tradition 🙂 Tomato soup on a cold day – yummy!

  4. 19/10/2016 / 16:28

    We love fireworks night and it sounds like you have a lovely family tradition going!

  5. 19/10/2016 / 17:25

    I’m afraid I agree with Andy, I’ve never been a fan. I like them for 5 minutes but then get pretty bored. I hope you have a fantastic night this year though. Jo x

  6. Fireworks displays are awesome, it’s just a shame that some people seem to forget the actual date and let them of for weeks after Bonfire Night has passed.
    I hope your little ones have a fab time this year 🙂 xx

  7. 19/10/2016 / 20:19

    We don’t actually do anything on bonfire night. I used to go to displays when I was a child but I have not taken my own children. It is lovely you have such wonderful family memories x

  8. 19/10/2016 / 20:45

    I used to love fireworks as a kid, we used to go to our local pub near the playing fields for a huge bonfire & fireworks. All us kids used to help gather the firewood through the week, we loved it. Then on the night we’d have pie & peas and watch the fireworks.

    We don’t have a tradition as such now, our youngest has Autism so have lot’s of sensory issues so we don’t head out to watch the fireworks anymore, it’s too stressful for him

  9. Hot dogs and tomato soup in a mug featured in our firework traditions too! Love that you clarified that the firework display wasn’t from your back garden – that would be a very impressive back garden display! Hubby used to work for a fireworks company which meant we had a fabulous display when we had some fireworks in his parents’ back garden! I’ve been half-looking for a display near us this year but not sure how well the girls will cope with the loud bangs – Jessica’s quite sensitive to noise. Glad to hear that Alice enjoyed going outside last year and that Holly was happy to watch from the window and hope your girls enjoy the fireworks this year too 🙂

  10. Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson
    19/10/2016 / 20:56

    What a fun idea! And how great to continue a tradition that was so special to you as a child. Andy will come around!

  11. 19/10/2016 / 22:19

    We never do anything. I guess we’re going to have to when Erin is a bit older

  12. I love fireworks night! It’s so nice to watch all the colours in the sky and go to a big display. Unfortunately we have a wedding on fireworks night so we will be celebrating ours on the 4th. My little one was unsure at the start as well but now just loves them. It’s great you’re deciding on which park to go to and will be best for your family.

    Jordanne ||

  13. 20/10/2016 / 10:52

    I love fireworks too! When I was a kid we either had them in our garden or went to a display sometimes big ones like Crystal Palace park or Streatham Common. We don’t have a garden so sometimes we watch out our window, but I do love going to see a bog display. Sarah #SharingTheBlogLove

  14. Chloe Weir
    20/10/2016 / 20:04

    I absolutely love this time of year! Firework’s are my favourite! #SharingTheBlogLove

  15. 21/10/2016 / 22:58

    It’s actually my dads birthday that day and this year he’s 60 so we’ll be having a party x

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