Bonfire Night - November 5
Sun, Nov 5, 2023

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is celebrated each year on November 5th to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot, an unsuccessful attempt in the 17th century to overthrow the monarch James I, and the Houses of Parliament. People still gather on this autumn day to light fires, arrange fireworks, and learn more about the failed coup.


Bonfire Night in the UK is filled with the story of disappointment and a taste of failure. Tragic events happened in the 17th century, when a group of ardent Catholics attempted to restore Catholicism by blowing up the Palace of Westminster. Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby, and their accomplices planned to do this when Parliament and the monarch were supposed to be there. The coup failed, and November 5th was declared Bonfire Night in commemoration.

Interesting facts

  • On this day, many people attend fireworks displays that end numerous festivals.
  • Participants of the event often kindle their own fires and launch their own fireworks.
  • Popular snacks for Bonfire Night include donuts flavored with cinnamon, chocolate eclairs, and banana s’mores.

How to take part

Organize a party with friends and family and kindle a fire. Prepare delicious snacks and drinks such as sausages, bananas, and donuts. Read more about the historical events of November 1605 to learn more about the Gunpowder Plot.

When is Bonfire Night celebrated in 2023?

Bonfire Night is observed on November 5 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday November 5 2023
Tuesday November 5 2024
Wednesday November 5 2025
Thursday November 5 2026

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