Talk:Evacuation Day (Massachusetts)
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I removed the stub notice; I doubt there is really anything more to say about this minor local holiday. 18.104.22.168 05:33, 16 Jan 2005 (UTC)
The 26th was the actual date of evacuation; were the cannon placed on the 17th? I've always assumed that it was just a really transparent change of date between "actual" and "celebrated." --Jnik 14:54, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Some extra facts
Boston was a town in 1776. It did not become a city until 1822. (source: Wikipedia)
Evacuation Day is celebrated exactly on March 17th and only if this falls on a weekend do various (mostly public) institutions take the following Monday off.
Eighteenth century cannon were not accurate enough to hit troops without damaging much of the town, but the threat to shell the British warships was quite real since near misses would fall harmlessly. Prior to embarkation the British troops chopped down the Liberty Tree (which ironically fell upon and killed a British soldier). While our side made much fuss over this "victory," letting an entire enemy force retreat without our guys firing a shot in anger or taking a single POW is pretty inconsequential in my book.
While you are correct that Evacuation Day is a Suffolk County holiday, Cambridge and Somerville are in Middlesex County not Suffolk County. The City of Boston, the City of Chelsea, the City of Revere, and the Town of Winthrop form Suffolk County. (source: Wikipedia)
Since the Massachusetts Legislature meets in Boston, they get to take the day off.
Signed: Richard Kimball, Massachusetts Highway Department
That was posted on the article page, is there anyway we could incorporate these in the article? --Saint-Paddy 18:32, 4 November 2006 (UTC)