Remember, Remember the Fifth of November — A Brief History of Guy Fawkes Day

A campfire burns orange on black and red coals.
Bonfires are a popular way to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day. Image from Wix.

On any normal, chilly November 5th, my family would be gathered around a bonfire. Sometimes, this is with family and friends, a roaring thing on a bigger property, kicked off with fireworks, and finished with hot apple cider. Others, it’s a simple backyard campfire over which my brother and I argue about who gets the best spot to roast marshmallows for smores.

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Cat Webling

Cat Webling

Hello! I’m Cat, author and amateur fandom historian based out of Kansas. I write about literature, theater, gaming, and fandom. Personal work: catwebling.com.