Alfred Jodl signing Germany’s WW II surrender.
Though war with Japan went on for several more months, the Allies were finally able to achieve Victory in Europe on May 7th, 1945. Official celebrations took place the very next day, and May 8th is now known as VE Day.
My mother was up in Dundee, Scotland with my oldest brother at that time, and remembers church bells ringing, people cheering, and a number of firecrackers being set off. Not being fond of fireworks, she hurried home and elected to stay in that night, even though the aunt and uncle she was living with offered to watch ‘the bairn’ so she could go out and join in the celebrations.
If any of your older family members have recollections of VE day, your kids would probably like to hear them.