Evacuation Day in Suffolk County Massachusetts
17 is Evacuation Day, a holiday observed in Suffolk County and also by
the public schools in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts.
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
Massachusetts state government offices located in Suffolk County are
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
Note: This historical note: Courtesy of Wikipedia
Honorary Chairs Link Communities through History: The Celebration of Evacuation Day
Sat, Mar 16, 2013
State Representatives Nick Collins, Carlos Henriquez, Gloria Fox, and
the Evacuation Day Heritage Committee for their Evacuation Day
Evacuation Day Celebration Events
|Evacuation Day Mass, St. Augustine's Chapel
Catholic Church in the Boston Archdiocese. St. Augustine's Chapel
is located on Dorchester Street between West 6th and Tudor Streets in
State Rep. Nick Collins will host the opening ceremonies at St.
Augustine's Chapel in South Boston, the oldest Catholic Church in the
Boston Archdiocese, followed by the annual Evacuation Day Mass.
|Dorchester Heights at Thomas Park in South Boston
Annual Historical Exercises
St. Augustine's, we will proceed to the Dorchester Heights, where
General Washington placed artillery in 1776 to force the British out of
The annual Historical Exercises will begin at 10am featuring:
- South Boston Educational Complex Junior ROTC
The Allied War Veterans will lay wreath to honor the men and women of
South Boston in the armed forces.
- The Major General Henry Knox Lodge for Freemasons.
The United States Army will be performing a Howitzer Cannon salute.
||Historical exercises at Fort Hill, Highland Park, Roxbury
State Rep. Gloria L. Fox will host the Historical Exercises at Fort
Hill, in Highland Park, Roxbury with ceremonies by the Minutemen and
local elected officials.
These two fortifications, at Roxbury and South Boston, were crucial to the first American victory in the War for Independence.
Fort Hill was designed by Henry Knox and prevented the British from
breaking out of Boston during the siege.
Washington was so impressed with Knox's ability to design and construct
this fort, he put Knox in charge of American artillery.
|12:00 pm - 1:40 pm
Rep. Carlos Henriquez will host a complementary lunch at the Shirley
Eustis House located at 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, following the
events at Fort Hill.
The Lexington Minute Men will conclude the events with a Musket Salute.
|Posted: March 12, 2013 Nancy J Conrad
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