It may not be the most well-known, but Evacuation Day, which celebrates an important part of early-American history, is a cherished holiday in Boston.
Pictured: Re-enactors huddled next to the fort in Roxbury’s Highland Park.
Celebrated on March 17, the holiday commemorates the British retreat from Boston during the early stages of the Revolutionary War.
Pictured: Jonathan Harrington, a member of the Lexington Minutemen, tuned his fife. Next
The day also celebrates the little-known Henry Knox, who among other things helped construct the fort on Roxbury’s Fort Hill and arm the fort in South Boston with cannons.
Pictured: Betty Maylan, a member of Boston Alarum Company.
Today, the events that took place so long ago are remembered through a yearly historical tour that cuts from South Boston to Roxbury. The tour celebrates Revolutionary War heroes, who paved the way for modern America.
Pictured: Re-enactors marched up to Dorchester Heights in South Boston.
On Saturday, elected officials recognized the day with a tour of the St. Augustine’s Chapel and Dorchester Heights in South Boston and Fort Hill andthe Shirley Eustis House in Roxbury.
Pictured: Thomas Plant, a member of the Roxbury Historical Society, filled spectators in on the history of Fort Hill in Roxbury.
In South Boston, the community celebrated not only the history of the day, but students who participated in an annual essay and poster contest.
Mary Rose Maiullari, a senior at the Boston Latin School, took first in the High School Essay Contest. In the sixth- through eighth-grade category Timothy Smyth Jr., a seventh-grader from Boston College High School, claimed the top prize. In the poster contest, James McEvoy, a fourth-grader at the Perry School, took home the win.
Pictured: Robert Allison, president of the South Boston Historical Society, talked about the significance of the day in South Boston.
While many were up early for the historical tour, late sleepers were awoken by a rifle salute from the Minutemen.
Pictured: Members of the Lexington Minutemen fired into air to celebrate Saturday’s events.
Although history was the overarching theme Saturday, the day was also a way for local elected officials to connect.
The partnership between Roxbury Representative Gloria Fox, Dorchester Representative Carlos Henriquez, and South Boston Representative Nick Collins helps bridge some of the traditional divides between the neighborhoods.
Pictured: Fox, Henriquez, and Collins addressed participants in Roxbury’s Shirley Eustis House.
Many of Saturday’s participants were excited for the closing of the program, which signaled lunch at the Shirley Eustis House.
With plates piled high, participants listened to the history of the house, which was once the governor’s mansion.
Pictured: Participants enjoyed a meal in the house’s banquet hall.
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