It sure isn’t the 4th of July, but the fireworks are legal!
Many American holidays honor the accomplishments of presidents; England celebrates the criminals. The 5th of November, aka Bonfire night, honors the failure of Guy Fawkes plot to blow up the House of Parliament. Back in the 1600’s, this man was responsible for planting massive amounts of gun powder and whatnot in the basement rooms of the Houses of Parliament. The plan obviously did not succeed and he was caught, tortured and quartered. So what did England do? Created a holiday!
Every 5th of November, the Britons celebrate his capture by holding huge bonfires and lighting fireworks. While very unsafe sounding, it was actually a lot of fun! The local park burnt a huge wooden ferris wheel looking thing called a “… something wheel” (it’ll come to me) in a bonfire of atleast 15 feet high. As soon as the fire simmered down there was a Disney comparable firework display.
Very well done, just one thing I found surprising. There were no firemen in sight. The park also hosted a fairground in honor of the holiday and the park was shoulder to shoulder people with trees and plants all around. Quite dangerous place to hold a huge fire you would think, no? I believe if this event was held in America we would have had all fire houses in a 20 mile radius on standby with hats on and hoses in hand.
Either way my first Nov 5th was very enjoyable! I look forward to celebrating it again. Although I will definitely come home for July 4th… nothing like fireworks at the beach!