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In Honor of Evacuation Day

 
 
In Honor of Evacuation Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
1. In Honor of Evacuation Day Marker
Inscription.  
On November 25, 1783, at 1PM, the last British flag still flying in the newly Independent American colonies, near this site at Fort George, was removed by John Van Arsdale, who climbed the flag pole which had been greased by the British, removed their flag and replaced it with the Stars & Stripes, formally ending British occupation of these United States.

General George Washington led these ceremonies that took place that day at Bowling Green to mark this historic occasion. In the 200 years since, the British have become our strongest allies.

Plaque a gift of Heine Geduld, Inc.
March 28, 1996

 
Erected 1996 by Heine Geduld, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 42.329′ N, 74° 0.808′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Broadway, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located just north of Bowling Green. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 175th Anniversary of Greek Independence (a few steps from this marker); Peregrine Falcons in New York City
Evacuation Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
2. Evacuation Day Marker
New York City was the last remaining stronghold for the British after the Revolutionary War. When they finally evacuated on November 25, 1783, it ended the British presence in the United States.
(a few steps from this marker); Cunard Building (a few steps from this marker); 26 Broadway (a few steps from this marker); Bowling Green / Sports Museum of America (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Francis Makemie (within shouting distance of this marker); George T. Delacorte (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowling Green (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker at Bowling Green image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
3. Marker at Bowling Green
The Evacuation Day marker is located on the flagpole standing just north of Bowling Green, seen in the background.
Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
4. Flagpole Marker
The Evacuation Day marker is on the flagpole seen on the right in this photo. Evacuation Day was celebrated in New York for many years, but has since gone unnoticed. Today, few New Yorker are aware of its significance.
Washington on Evacuation Day image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
5. Washington on Evacuation Day
This equestrian statue depicts a victorious Gen. George Washington entering New York on Evacuation Day. It is located 2½ miles north of the marker in Union Square Park.
Evacuation Day Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, December 11, 2018
6. Evacuation Day Plaza
Beside becoming the home of the "Charging Bull", the triangle now has a "November 25, 1783/Evacuation Day Plaza" street sign.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 26, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on December 12, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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