Whether it is Independence Day, Bastille Day or a plethora of other national days, fireworks are part of the celebrations in remembrance of freedom or independence.
You will not find Britain among those 'freedom from something' holidays. As most people know, the United States' Independence Day is actually celebrating its freedom from Great Britain, as are a number of other countries
Britain, however, has never been in a position of subservience and consequently has not needed to free itself from anything, but they do have a night they celebrate with fireworks. They are actually commemorating that time when fireworks didn't go off over 400 years ago.
Let me explain quickly.
A simple rhyme to remember what happened to each of his six wives in order is :
Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.
But I digress.
Also known as Bonfire Night, a stuffed dummy called a Guy, may still be burned in memory of Guy Fawkes. What people have forgotten is that before the dummy called Guy, it was the effigy of the Pope that was burned, and I will bet you a barbecue that a good number of folk have even forgotten it has anything to do with religion at all. The Catholics will be out there celebrating Bonfire Night with the best of them!