For second straight year, bonfire to celebrate Princeton football

The Princeton University community is gearing up to celebrate the achievements of its football team this fall with a bonfire on Cannon Green, to be lit at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. This is the second year in a row Princeton has swept Harvard and Yale in football in a season, leading to the bonfire, a campus tradition that dates to the late 1800s. 

At the bonfire, student groups will be raising funds to benefit relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.


Students cheer as flames consume the pyre at the bonfire in 2012. (Photo by John Jameson, Office of Communications)

The bonfire festivities will be webcast live on the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students website. The Undergraduate Student Government and the four undergraduate class governments are sponsoring the event. 

The football team will play Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Visit Princeton Athletics for details.  

Photos and videos from selected bonfires since 1897 are available online through University Archives at the Mudd Manuscript Library.