New York’s other big November holiday

During the final week of this month, buck tradition and celebrate Evacuation Day, November 25—a huge holiday in old New York marking the day the last British troops sailed out of the city in 1783. 

For most of the Revolutionary War, New York was under British control. Hours after the Red Coats left, a Union flag was yanked down from a flagpole at Battery Park and replaced with the Stars and Stripes. George Washington returned to Manhattan, leading the Continental Army triumphantly down Broadway.


General George W., post-Colonial New York’s first celebrity

Evacuation Day used to be celebrated every November 25 with the raising of the U.S. flag at Battery Park. But once relations with England warmed up during World War I—and a certain other late-November holiday grew in popularity—Evacuation Day slipped into the dustbin of holiday history.

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5 Responses to “New York’s other big November holiday”

  1. Daughter of Peeler Man Takes Up the Carrot - City Room Blog - Says:

    […] you had it with Thanksgiving? Celebrate Evacuation Day, an old New York holiday marking the evacuation of the last British troops in 1783, on Nov. 25. […]

  2. Nabe News: November 4 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle Says:

    […] Day was a significant holiday in old New York, as it celebrated the end of British control.  On November, 25 1783, the last […]

  3. Cambridge Homes Says:

    I didn’t know that other states celebrated an Evacuation Day. Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, Mass celebrate it also. Here the evacuation of the British is commemorated on March 17th which conveniently coincides with Saint Patrick’s Day.


  4. Ian Schoenherr Says:

    I’ve posted Howard Pyle’s 1883 depiction of the British departure here:

  5. Delmonico’s tasty menu on Evacuation Day, 1883 | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] if you lived in New York in the late 18th century to the early 1900s, Evacuation Day was something to commemorate. It marks the day in 1783 when the British finally left New York for […]

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