The annual celebration overlaps with Hastings Week which is a week commemorating the battle of Hastings. Events for Hastings week saw the open ceremony at Hastings Castle where the 17th Tonbridge Scouts and guides band gave a public display and the mayor announced the celebrations followed by a speech from the char of Hastings week committee. Other events included a Jazz Breakfast, classic car show, guided walk of west hill and a performance from the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hastings Borough bonfire procession started at the White Rock hotel travelling along the beach, to the lighting of Hastings beacon which has seen the beacon lit every year since 1995 as one of the many traditions of the event. The march continued back to the bonfire, Pelham Beach where it was lit around 9pm.
The bonfire is funded and organised by the efforts of Hastings borough bonfire society (HBBS) who work throughout the year to raise the money to hold events such as these. The money collected from the bonfire event is given to local charities such as St Michaels hospice and Albion in the community.
Hastings Pier offered the ultimate viewing platform to watch the fireworks with deck chairs where locals were entertained by morris dancers, and the pavilion restaurant and kiosks served family friendly firework themed drinks and a range of warming food.