Does Britain have a 4th of July?
Yes! And a 3rd of July and a 5th of July too. I've answered this question at least a dozen times in the last couple days. Which is why I think we should call it Independence from Britain day. When I'm in the White House, it might be the first Executive Order I sign. I think it will be a little history lesson printed on every single calendar. What do you think?
In Britain, the time for us to light up the sky is November 5th, Guy Fawkes day. It's also known as Gunpowder Treason day. It was the day in 1605 (yes we celebrate things that happened in the 17th century) that this man attempted to blow up Parliament and kill King James I. His dastardly plot was foiled and King James lived to tell the tale (and authorize the translation of the bible), which is what all the celebration and hoopla is for.
When I was a child, our family, like many, let off fireworks in our back garden, along with a bonfire for roasting chestnuts and staying warm on a cold November night. Due to the numerous accidents which caused the entire evening to become a bit of a shambles, most folks now forego a private celebration and go to a local park/village green event. A much safer choice and of course another opportunity for community, something I still love about Britain.
Hope you enjoyed your 4th - and your 3rd and 5th too...