Evacuation Day 2016

Evacuation Day is a term used for any of several holidays that celebrate the departure of an occupying army. The day varies from country to country.


  • Evacuation Day in Massachusetts is observed on March 17, celebrating the anniversary of departure of British army on March 17, 1776. It has been celebrated in Greater Boston since 1901.
  • Evacuation Day in New York is observed on November 25, celebrating the anniversary of departure of British army on November 25, 1783. it had been celebrated every year until World War I.
  • Evacuation Day in Syria is on April 17th, observed to celebrate the anniversary of departure of French army on April 17, 1946.
  • British Evacuation Day is on March 28th. It is the Libyan anniversary of the final departure of British forces on 28 March, 1970.

Why is this Day Celebrated?

Evacuation day is observed to celebrate the departure of an occupying army from a country.

How is Celebrated?

  • Evacuation Day activities in Massachusetts include activities like the annual parade and politicians' breakfast in South Boston that are dominated by celebrations of Irish culture. The Allied War Veterans of South Boston observe the day with a ceremony on Dorchester Heights.
  • Following American Revolution, in New York, Evacuation Day was commemorated on 25 November 2008. Evacuation day celebrations include searchlight displays in New Jersey and New York at key high points. The searchlights are symbols of the bonfires that served as a beacon signal system at many of these same locations during the revolution.
  • Evacuation Day is Syria's Independence Day celebrated in memory of the evacuation of the last French soldier and Syria's declaration of full independence and the end of the French mandate of Syria on April 17, 1946.