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. 184.108.40.206 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)
Much of the irony and humor of this holiday is missing from the article. I'm not quite sure how to get this into the article, but all of this discussion tiptoes around the high probablity that many of the Boston politicians who pushed for the establishment of Evacuation Day in 1901 also hoped that the English would also soon evacuate from another location that was and is much closer to England. (Even I, the American, and formerly Bostonian, son of a non-Catholic Englishman, personally think that the whole story of this holiday is hilarious. It's probably documented in at least one of the references or other sources already listed at the end of this article, but I have not read any of them.) Acwilson9 (talk) 04:31, 20 March 2014 (UTC)