How Much Does a Fireworks Display Cost? Factors & Figures

Posted on August 4, 2023

Fireworks displays are a popular form of entertainment for occasions such as weddings, local events and national holidays like Bonfire Night. But even for those who love these thrilling displays, the cost of fireworks may be a sticking point when considering a purchase.

Indeed, you may be wondering what the typical cost of a fireworks display is and what influences the price. In this guide, we’ll dive into firework costs and account for factors such as duration, complexity, and location.

We’ll also provide estimates for fireworks at different types of events – including fireworks shows at different times of year and how much you can expect to pay for a Bonfire Night display.

Duration, Complexity, and Location


One of the most important measures related to fireworks pricing is the duration of the fireworks display. As you’d expect, the longer you want your fireworks to last, the more they will cost. For this reason, fireworks costs are often broken down by the minute, with cost per minute being higher for larger or more elaborate displays.

To give a sense of how much a sizable display might cost, here’s a breakdown of fireworks pricing based on duration:

  • 5-minute fireworks display: between £500 and £1,500
  • 10-minute fireworks display: between £1,500 and £3,000
  • 30-minute fireworks display: between £5,000 and £15,000


Needless to say, the complexity of a fireworks display also affects the costs. “Traditional” fireworks will cost less than displays including synchronised music, special effects, and more.

If you want fireworks that look just like the classic shows you saw growing up, the cost will be relatively low. But if you want a one-of-a-kind spectacle complete with shapes, multi-coloured fireworks, music and other special effects, you’ll be looking at a higher price tag.


The location of your fireworks display will impact the pricing as well. Displays in large metropolitan areas, like London, may cost more due to both high demand and stricter regulations. In contrast, smaller towns and rural areas tend to have lower costs due to fewer regulations and lower demand – however, there may be a higher cost of transport for materials.

These factors should give you a clearer sense of how much it will cost for you to hire fireworks for your next birthday, garden party, or Bonfire Night celebration. That said, despite the price ranges listed above, you might still be wondering: how much will my fireworks display cost? Not to worry, we have answers for you there as well!

Fireworks Costs for Bonfire Night, Weddings & More 

At Fantastic Fireworks, we clearly lay out the costs for different types of events so there’s no confusion about the cost of your fireworks display. You’ll find a breakdown of these costs below, as well as further information about each type of event, including the recommended fireworks duration and special effects for each type of display.

🔥 Bonfire Night Fireworks

Cost: £250/minute
Recommended Duration: 10-20 minutes
Upgrades Available? Yes

Bonfire Night is celebrated each year on November 5th, on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot – the day that Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Fireworks have since become an important part of how we commemorate Bonfire Night, signifying light overcoming darkness and providing an incredible show to mark the occasion.

Fireworks displays on Bonfire Night tend to be longer than those seen at other celebrations, often lasting 10-20 minutes. However, they are also less expensive by the minute, making Bonfire Night fireworks a more affordable display than you might think.

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🎉 Birthday & Anniversary Fireworks

Cost: £500/minute
Recommended Duration: 4-8 minutes
Upgrades Available? Yes

Fireworks are becoming increasingly popular for anniversary and birthday celebrations, adding a magical quality to an already-special occasion. These displays for birthdays and anniversaries can even be customised with different colours and effects to please the guest(s) of honour. In other words, they’re ideal for marking such important milestones in life!

Birthday and anniversary fireworks usually last between four and eight minutes, and they tend to be less expensive than other “personal event” fireworks. In that sense, they’re a nice way to celebrate without breaking the bank – and while it may be a shorter show than you’d see on Bonfire Night, fireworks for your birthday or anniversary are guaranteed to make the night sparkle.

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👰‍♀️ Wedding Fireworks

Cost: £600/minute
Recommended Duration: 3-8 minutes
Upgrades Available? Yes

A grand fireworks show is a unique way to add enchantment and drama to weddings. Fireworks create an unforgettable moment at the end of the night, all the guests watching in awe as the sky lights up with colours. And of course, as with birthday and anniversary fireworks, wedding fireworks can be tailored carefully to a couple’s preferences and wedding theme.

In terms of length, wedding fireworks tend to be short but spectacular. They typically last between three and eight minutes, with a flurry of effects creating an awe-inspiring show. Elaborate displays may be choreographed to music and presented in vibrant patterns, such as red hearts and golden sparkles.

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🎆 New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Cost: £750/minute
Recommended Duration: 5 minutes
Upgrades Available? Yes

New Year’s Eve is always an exciting time, and impressive firework displays are the perfect way to ring in the year to come. Not only are they brilliant to watch, but fireworks on NYE also symbolise hope for days ahead: ushering in a new chapter with vibrant colours and beautiful effects, filling all New Year’s revellers with joy.

NYE fireworks usually last just a few minutes at midnight, and the cost is higher than for most types of firework displays. However, a memorable fireworks show on New Year’s is worth every penny, with dazzling colours and effects like you’ve never seen before!

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Whatever your event, it’s vital to have a clear understanding of how much your fireworks display will cost. Plan with your fireworks provider to avoid any unexpected fees – and make sure you’re working with a reputable company for stellar products and safety. Enquire here about purchasing fireworks for your next event, and Fantastic Fireworks will make it a night to remember.