A major early victory in the War
for Independence, March 17, 1776
saw the British evacuate Boston
without a shot being fired.
it was great day for the Boston Irish, and not only because
it was St.
of British troops sailed out of the harbor in utter defeat
on March 17, 1776 many Bostoners
laughed, some cried, others even gathered to play the traditional
"St. Patrick's Day in the Morning"!
Irish immigrant volunteers
of Washington's newly formed Revolutionary army - it was a momentous day.
Evacuation Day 2023
Evacuation Day is still celebrated with glee throughout Boston,
Cambridge, and Somerville, Massachusetts.
In 2023, Evacuation Day falls on Friday, March 17 so watch for schools and government offices in Boston to be closed in observance.
Evacuation Day - A Bit o' History
It was less of
a battle and more of an epic
staring contest. The British occupation of Boston centered
around one of the most important ports of entry in America
in 1776 -- Boston Harbor.
it, George Washington's Continental Army had secretly fortified
nearby Dorchester Heights with cannon (captured at Fort Ticonderoga
- another early victory for the American side) that effectively
produced a major standoff.
an almost year-long siege, Washington gave Howe an ultimatum
leave peacefully now, or attack and face the consequences.
A humiliated Howe finally retreated on
March 17, 1776 with 10,000 British troops sailing out of Boston
for safe harbor to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
down in utter defeat, the British never tried to occupy
the importance of the victory, Boston didn't officially recognize
Evacuation Day until 1901 when Boston's mayor declared
a public holiday in honor of the sacrifices by early patriots
Americans. St. Patrick's Day and Evacuation Day have
been celebrated as a dual holiday ever since.