Neither am I... and most people don't remember it as such here either - merely an excuse to have a fire and some pyrotechnics these days. My point is that it was a tradition (be it a 'religious squabble' or however you care to describe it) transplanted by some settlers in a new (to them) country. It surely had relevance and I suppose the events were not not long ago to them - comparatively. Cobbett was in various places in America between 1792 and 1793. My point is that it was a transferred tradition as per the original posters question. Nothing more, nothing less.