Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy HolidayS!?!

Happy HolidayS to your family from ours! 

Right now you are probably thinking that "Happy Holidays" is something people usually say in December, right?  Well, I am recycling the phrase for this week!  Maybe it is because I am not Irish and it is my attempt at "going green"!  Lol! 

Actually, it is because this is a big week for the Bostonians...

Today is Saint Patrick's Day as most of you know, and later this week we will celebrate the first day of spring.  However, there is another holiday that you may not have known about.  Today is Evacuation Day!  Since Evacuation Day falls on a Sunday this year, it is observed tomorrow!  Boston Public Schools are closed tomorrow.  (Since we live in Metro West Boston our kids will be going to school).

According to Wikipedia, "The 11-month siege of Boston ended when the Continental Army, under the command of George Washington, fortified Dorchester Heights in early March 1776 with cannons captured at Ticonderoga. British General William Howe, whose garrison and navy were threatened by these positions, was forced to decide between attack and retreat. To prevent what could have been a repeat of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Howe decided to retreat, withdrawing from Boston to Nova Scotia on March 17, 1776.
The British evacuation was Washington's first victory of the war. It was also a huge morale boost for the Thirteen Colonies, as the city where the rebellion began was the first to be liberated."

When this holiday was signed into law in 1941 for all of Suffolk County it was signed in black and green ink!

So Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Happy Evacuation Day, and Happy Spring! 

By the way, do you think that any of this had to do with the fact that many Bostonians in 1941 were Irish and they enjoy a good celebration?  ;)

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