Penchant for detonating sparking, explody things aside, they're not at all similar.
One is about a nation celebrating its independence (or the defeat of alien invaders, depending how strong your grip is on reality) the other is basically a nation trolling terrorists, rubbing their faces in failure.
That the thwarting of the November 5th gunpowder plot is remembered is arguably one of the two reasons why the Brits are universally unafraid of terrorism (the second being that Fair Blighty has faced down the largest war machines the world has ever seen. A random yahoo that wants to blow himself up is an irritant by comparison). You leave the nations of the UK alone and they fight among themselves in a 600mile long drunken brawl. However, if an outside force so much as prods them with a stick in a manner that they find remotely unpleasant, they unify into 93,000 square miles of angry.
First, they find you, then they deal with you, then they really go to work and trivialise you and your cause so that both will be a joke for the rest of recorded history.
Guy Fawkes died 400 years ago, and the Brits still annually set fire to effigies of him!
Guy Fawkes night also reminds people to stand up for their rights against an oppressive government, That kept on violating their rights.
The "Gunpowder Plot" was all about religion, not fighting against the violation of rights. The conspirators, Fawkes among them, wanted to kill King James (a Protestant) and replace him on the throne with Princess Elizabeth (a Catholic).
I been reading through the comments on this.
Sad to see how many ignorant motherfuckers I have to call my countrymen. Especially the ones that still somehow think that the bullshit we're told by the press about the war on terror is true. Fuckin sad.
Well yeah, except WWII, in which the 93,000 of square miles still needed US assistance.
Unless black out curtains were just a fashion statement...
They had the option to capitulate. Despite being completely isolated, without an ally in sight and with their cities being systematically destroyed, they didn't.
I think that says all that needs to be about the people living on this wind-swept rock.
(PS: the US sent the Brits a bill for their assistance. It didn't get paid off until 2007, and the debt was used to dictate British foreign policy in the US's favour for the second half of the 20th century.)
Just read the cabbies account of the whole thing. Holy crap that guys is AWESOME!!
They are on streets not in your house.
I guess we just see the cameras as making it easier to find said terrorists before some guy kicks them in the balls. :L