Don’t forget New York’s other November holiday

It’s been a good century or so since New Yorkers celebrated Evacuation Day. But in the late 18th and 19th centuries, this holiday—on November 25—was a major deal, marked by festive dinners, parades, and a deep appreciation of the role the city played in the Revolutionary War.

“Washington’s Grand Entry into New York, November 25, 1783,” Alphonse Bigot

Evacuation Day honors the day in 1783 when the British evacuated New York for good after occupying the city during the War.

“Evacuation Day and Washington’s Triumphal Entry in New York City,” Edmund P. Restein

Just hours after the Red Coats left, a Union Jack flag was taken down from a flagpole at Battery Park and replaced with the Stars and Stripes. George Washington returned to Manhattan, leading the Continental Army through the city and down Broadway flanked by cheering crowds.

[Images: Wikipedia]

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11 Responses to “Don’t forget New York’s other November holiday”

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  2. Beth Says:

    Isn’t the British flag called the Union Jack?

  3. petey Says:

    Well, you don’t hear much about this!
    Should be a state holiday.

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      I believe Boston used to celebrate their own evacuation day, but I’m not sure if that, too, has been lost to the ages.

  4. NYCDA Library (@LibraryNYCDA) Says:

    I heard that this day was celebrated into the 1930s.

  5. Scott Says:

    Us Bostonians/Cantabrigians do indeed celebrate Evacuation Day. It is a City holiday, no school, etc. That it happens to fall on the same day as St. Patrick’s Day is a happy local coincidence!

  6. Tom B Says:

    The future may hold another New York Holiday (tear down day) established by the Cancel Culture.

  7. George F Says:

    Petey is right.

  8. Steven J Newman Says:

    Thanks so much for the post! I do really tear up on the thought of being in the streets there during the most amazing, glorious day for the Patriots, in NY history. And to see George Washington! ‘Lost’ history and tradition, indeed.

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