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'Evacuation Day' Statement
Published: 2012/03/26
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20120317 Rachel Brown
20120317 Rachel Brown 'Evacuation Day' Statement
Published: 2012/03/18
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Evacuation Day 2017
Evacuation Day 2017
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: sunnyquin
Evacuation Day
Evacuation Day
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: Artifactual Scholar
Evacuation Immediate/Shelter In Place Warning: Massachusetts
Evacuation Immediate/Shelter In Place Warning: Massachusetts
Published: 2013/09/09
Channel: Buster21ish
Evacuation Day Lecture
Evacuation Day Lecture
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS
Evacuation Day 2014 - Salute at Fort Hill
Evacuation Day 2014 - Salute at Fort Hill
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: limepink8
Evacuation Day - March 17, 2011
Evacuation Day - March 17, 2011
Published: 2011/03/17
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Extreme UV in Massachusetts - "Full Throttle on 4th of July" - Team UV High in MA!
Extreme UV in Massachusetts - "Full Throttle on 4th of July" - Team UV High in MA!
Published: 2017/07/04
Channel: MrMBB333
Hermine Shifts NorthWest, Long Island Evacuation Order Given by Mistake, Severe Beach Erosion
Hermine Shifts NorthWest, Long Island Evacuation Order Given by Mistake, Severe Beach Erosion
Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: DAHBOO77
Runway Overrun During Rejected Takeoff in Bedford, MA 5/31/14.
Runway Overrun During Rejected Takeoff in Bedford, MA 5/31/14.
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: NTSBgov
Bishop International Airport In Michigan Evacuated After Officer Stabbed
Bishop International Airport In Michigan Evacuated After Officer Stabbed
Published: 2017/06/21
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Talkin
Talkin' Evacuation Day
Published: 2007/10/01
Channel: NakedFolk
Moving in to Berkshire Towers at MCLA in North Adams. Fall is near.
Moving in to Berkshire Towers at MCLA in North Adams. Fall is near.
Published: 2015/08/30
Channel: BerkshireEagle
Umass Dartmouth evacuation
Umass Dartmouth evacuation
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: WPRI
Dorchester Heights and the British evacuation of Boston
Dorchester Heights and the British evacuation of Boston
Published: 2014/09/24
Channel: Bobblehead George
Haz Mat Crews at School- Odor prompts evacuation- Centerville, MA school (02-09-11)
Haz Mat Crews at School- Odor prompts evacuation- Centerville, MA school (02-09-11)
Published: 2011/02/09
Channel: satellitenewsservice
Evacuation Day, The Musical
Evacuation Day, The Musical
Published: 2012/03/17
Channel: Chad Parenteau
Outer Banks Evacuation Conspiracy - Something Unexpected Just Happened In North Carolina
Outer Banks Evacuation Conspiracy - Something Unexpected Just Happened In North Carolina
Published: 2017/07/31
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Mandatory Evacuation Brevard County Florida
Mandatory Evacuation Brevard County Florida
Published: 2017/09/07
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VLOG #4: It
VLOG #4: It's IMPOSSIBLE to Shoot in Massachusetts!
Published: 2016/04/12
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Flag Day 2010 Charlestown Mass - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial - Part 2
Flag Day 2010 Charlestown Mass - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial - Part 2
Published: 2010/06/15
Channel: sunnyquin
BOSTON, what to buy at the historic open-air HAYMARKET (MASSACHUSETTS, USA)
BOSTON, what to buy at the historic open-air HAYMARKET (MASSACHUSETTS, USA)
Published: 2017/05/27
Channel: Vic Stefanu - World Travels and Adventures
Salisbury beach 2013 evacuation
Salisbury beach 2013 evacuation
Published: 2013/02/09
Channel: Jammer2k6
Great White Shark rescued on Massachusetts beach
Great White Shark rescued on Massachusetts beach
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: ODN
The British Evacuation of Boston (Part 10 of 10)
The British Evacuation of Boston (Part 10 of 10)
Published: 2013/02/20
Channel: American Revolution Institute
5,000 Evacuated After
5,000 Evacuated After 'Major' Natural Gas Leak In Cambridge
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: CBS Boston
The american revolutionary war (1775 - 1783)
The american revolutionary war (1775 - 1783)
Published: 2017/04/03
Channel: History Class
Massachusetts Beach Evacuated After 14 Foot Great White Shark Was Spotted 100 Yards From Shore
Massachusetts Beach Evacuated After 14 Foot Great White Shark Was Spotted 100 Yards From Shore
Published: 2014/08/26
Channel: Charles Walton
Massachusetts reports readiness as storm begins
Massachusetts reports readiness as storm begins
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
1776 January to March  - Siege of Boston Map Animation
1776 January to March - Siege of Boston Map Animation
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: Carol Lieb
'Saigon: The Final Hours'
Published: 2015/04/27
Channel: WBUR
Massachusetts See Something Say Something PSA
Massachusetts See Something Say Something PSA
Published: 2014/04/07
Channel: MassachusettsEMA
Western Mass Pol Pummels Southie Doofus in Special Interest Holiday Debate
Western Mass Pol Pummels Southie Doofus in Special Interest Holiday Debate
Published: 2009/05/22
Channel: devaleraweeps
Massachusetts Senate passes Swine Flu Martial Law bill
Massachusetts Senate passes Swine Flu Martial Law bill
Published: 2009/04/29
Channel: Kennedy1op
Recreation in Dartmouth Massachusetts
Recreation in Dartmouth Massachusetts
Published: 2011/05/10
Channel: Fratergator
Churchill Congress and the Day of Infamy
Churchill Congress and the Day of Infamy
Published: 2007/11/07
Channel: Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
Massachusetts Lending Programs for the First-Time Home Buyer
Massachusetts Lending Programs for the First-Time Home Buyer
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: DonnaCharpentier
Shark off Cape Cod Massachusetts
Shark off Cape Cod Massachusetts
Published: 2014/06/03
Channel: Ocean State Outfitters
BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT BEACON ST AUDIO AND MAYDAY 3/26/14
BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT BEACON ST AUDIO AND MAYDAY 3/26/14
Published: 2014/03/27
Channel: Jeff Stang
Hurricane Evacuation Traffic Model
Hurricane Evacuation Traffic Model
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: Anisha N
Shark Sighting in Massachusetts 2014 - Beach Evacuated seeing Great White Shark
Shark Sighting in Massachusetts 2014 - Beach Evacuated seeing Great White Shark
Published: 2014/08/27
Channel: Chandresh S
Hurricane Katrina Day by Day | National Geographic
Hurricane Katrina Day by Day | National Geographic
Published: 2012/08/29
Channel: National Geographic
Mass. coast braces for Nor
Mass. coast braces for Nor'easter flooding
Published: 2014/01/02
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
THOUSANDS of Texans evacuate from Hurricane Harvey as 35 inches of rain
THOUSANDS of Texans evacuate from Hurricane Harvey as 35 inches of rain
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Real Thing TV
City of Boston - Solar Evacuation Route
City of Boston - Solar Evacuation Route
Published: 2012/08/01
Channel: onsitestudios
Tornado Warning Massachusetts June 23 2015 NOAA EAS Radio Alert
Tornado Warning Massachusetts June 23 2015 NOAA EAS Radio Alert
Published: 2015/06/23
Channel: r0x
MCLA Move In Day
MCLA Move In Day
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: KingKenneth
High School Quiz Show - Governor
High School Quiz Show - Governor's Cup 2017: Massachusetts vs. New Hampshire (816)
Published: 2017/05/22
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Holyoke Fire Dept 1/1/17 Evac
Holyoke Fire Dept 1/1/17 Evac
Published: 2017/01/02
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Evacuation Day
SiegeBoston.jpg
Engraving depicting the evacuation of Boston
Observed by Suffolk County, Massachusetts and some state offices located there
Somerville, Massachusetts public schools
Celebrations

Commemoration ceremony at Dorchester Heights

Saint Patrick's Day festivities
Date March 17
Next time 17 March 2018 (2018-03-17)
Frequency annual
Related to Saint Patrick's Day

Evacuation Day is a holiday observed on March 17 in Suffolk County, Massachusetts (which includes the cities of Boston, Chelsea, and Revere, and the town of Winthrop)[1] and also by the public schools in Somerville, Massachusetts.[2] The holiday commemorates the evacuation of British forces from the city of Boston following the Siege of Boston, early in the American Revolutionary War. Schools and government offices (including some[3] Massachusetts state government offices located in Suffolk County) are closed. If March 17 falls on a weekend, schools and government offices are closed on the following Monday in observance. It is the same day as Saint Patrick's Day, a coincidence that played a role in the establishment of the holiday.[4]

Historical background[edit]

The 11-month siege of Boston ended when the Continental Army, under the command of George Washington, fortified Dorchester Heights in early March 1776 with cannons captured at Ticonderoga. British General William Howe, whose garrison and navy were threatened by these positions, was forced to decide between attack and retreat. To prevent what could have been a repeat of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Howe decided to retreat, withdrawing from Boston to Nova Scotia on March 17, 1776.

The British evacuation was Washington's first victory of the war. It was also a huge morale boost for the Thirteen Colonies, as the city where the rebellion began was the first to be liberated.

Establishment of the holiday[edit]

While Saint Patrick's Day parades have been held in Boston since 1876, Evacuation Day was not declared a holiday in the city until 1901,[5] amid interest in local history that also resulted in the construction of the Dorchester Heights Monument. The state made it a holiday in Suffolk County in 1938.[5] The large Irish population of Boston at that time played a role in the establishment of the holiday.[6] A 1941 law establishing the holiday in Suffolk County was signed in both black and green ink.[4]

A Revolutionary War reenactor at Boston's 2008 St. Patrick's Day parade

Observance activities[edit]

Evacuation Day activities in the areas that observe the holiday are limited. Most events of note, like the annual parade and politicians' breakfast in South Boston, are dominated by celebrations of Irish culture. The parade is officially designated the Saint Patrick's Day and Evacuation Day Parade.[citation needed] The Allied War Veterans of South Boston mark the day with a ceremony on Dorchester Heights.[7] Since 1992, the participation of gay and lesbian people in the parade has been disputed, and was the subject of the 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston. Mayor Thomas Menino boycotted the parade every year he was in office, in protest of the exclusion of GLB marchers.[8]

Another local holiday observing an event in the American Revolutionary War is Bunker Hill Day. State workers outside Suffolk County are allowed to choose any two days off in lieu of celebrating Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day on the observance days. The two holidays are generally not observed by the private businesses. In Charlestown, where the Battle of Bunker Hill took place, there are week-long celebrations culminating in a road race and a parade.[9] Some government services remain in operation, such as trash pickup in the City of Boston[10] and all state Registry of Motor Vehicle offices. The MBTA runs a normal schedule but, due to special events, prohibits bicycles on the subway.[11]

Moves to eliminate holiday[edit]

In 2010, the state legislature debated eliminating Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day as official holidays, citing the expense of giving state and local workers paid days off.[12] The state's FY2011 budget requires all state and municipal offices in Suffolk County be open on both days.[13]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ List of Massachusetts holidays
  2. ^ Somerville School Calendar
  3. ^ For example, the RMV offices are all open.
  4. ^ a b "With A Signature In Green, St. Patrick’s Day Became A Holiday". March 12, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Vrabel, p. 241
  6. ^ O'Connor, p. 124
  7. ^ Ryan, Andrew (March 17, 2009). "Happy Evacuation Day!". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ Garrett Quinn (March 7, 2014). "Why are gays excluded from marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade: A history of Boston's most important parade". The Republican. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20100302public_to_chime_in_on_hack_holidays/srvc=home&position=recent[dead link]
  10. ^ "Recycling and Trash Holiday Collection Schedule". 
  11. ^ "Bikes on the T". July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Beacon Hill Roll Call". Gatehouse Media. March 11, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Commonwealth of Massachusetts FY2011 Budget, Outside Section 5". July 14, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 

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