NYC: Evacuation Day Events Planned for Friday

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John Van Arsdale raising the american flag over Fort GeorgeThe Lower Manhattan Historical Society and the Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State of New York have announced the third annual celebatory commemoration of Evacuation Day, on Friday, November 25th, 2016.

On November 25, 1783, the British occupying garrison evacuated New York City at the conclusion of the Revolutionary war. On this day general George Washington, Commander-in-chief of the continental army, marched his troops into Lower Manhattan, thereby liberating New York City from British occupation.

The celebration will begin on the steps of Federal Hall (26 Wall Street) beginning around 10:15 am with a salute by the VCA color guard. A historical overview and discussion of Evacuation Day by representatives of the VCA and LMHS will then be offered to participants and guests in the Zenger room of Federal Hall itself.

Around 11:15 am, the VCA will lead a parade march down Broad Street to Evacuation Day Plaza for the ceremonial flag raising. The ceremony will feature brief remarks and speeches by representatives of the VCA and the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York as well as other patriotic groups and local officials.

The ceremony is free and open to the public and all are encouraged to join both the lectures and the march.

Photo: John Van Arsdale raising the Stars & Stripes at Bowling Green November 25, 1783, provided.

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