Bonfire Night Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night? Bonfire Night is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure. Firework displays in Greater Manchester There are many firework displays across Greater Manchester CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS Bonfire Night 10 Safety Tips From Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service 1. Build bonfires in a safe location, away from danger. 2. Ensure that your bonfire is stable and remember to never light it with a flammable liquid. 3. Keep everyone well back from open fires and ensure children are supervised at all times. 4. Tips on how to extinguish your bonfire in an emergency. 5. Always pour water on the embers before leaving the bonfire at the end of the bonfire party. 6. Always keep your fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time. And remember children should not have access to or be near fireworks. 7. Always follow the instructions when using fireworks and if it is dark always read them by torchlight and never by a naked flame. Ensure you only buy fireworks from reputable retailers. 8. Always light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper. You must never return to a lit firework and never throw a spent firework on a bonfire. 9. Always hold sparklers at arm's length and wear gloves when handling them. Once the sparklers are out make sure you put them in a bucket of water. 10. Do not give sparklers to children under 5 years old and remember, never run with sparklers.