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Evacuation Day Heritage Celebration on March 16, 2013

Evacuation Day in Suffolk County Massachusetts

Evacuation DayMarch 17 is Evacuation Day, a holiday observed in Suffolk County and also by the public schools in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts.

The 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 closed.

If 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 the holiday.

Note:  This historical note:  Courtesy of Wikipedia

Honorary Chairs Link Communities through History:  The Celebration of Evacuation Day

Sat, Mar 16, 2013

Join State Representatives Nick Collins, Carlos Henriquez, Gloria Fox, and the Evacuation Day Heritage Committee for their Evacuation Day Celebration.

Evacuation Day Celebration Events

Evacuation Day

9:00 am
-10:00 am
Evacuation Day Mass, St. Augustine's Chapel
Oldest Catholic Church in the Boston Archdiocese.  St. Augustine's Chapel is located on Dorchester Street between West 6th and Tudor Streets in South Boston.

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.
10:00 am
-10:40 am
Dorchester Heights at Thomas Park in South Boston

Annual Historical Exercises
From St. Augustine's, we will proceed to the Dorchester Heights, where General Washington placed artillery in 1776 to force the British out of Boston.

The annual Historical Exercises will begin at 10am featuring:
  • South Boston Educational Complex Junior ROTC
  • The Allied War Veterans
  • The Major General Henry Knox Lodge for Freemasons.
The Allied War Veterans will lay wreath to honor the men and women of South Boston in the armed forces.

The United States Army will be performing a Howitzer Cannon salute.

11:00am - 11:40am
Historical exercises at Fort Hill, Highland Park, Roxbury
Then 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
Complimentary Lunch
State 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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