A rededication ceremony was held at the statue of the nation’s first president Monday, on what used to be a holiday marking the evacuation of the last British troops in the U.S. following the Revolutionary War.
As WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reported, for more than a century, Evacuation Day was celebrated each Nov. 25, marking the day British troops left New York City through the Battery in 1783. It was one of the city’s biggest holidays.
“Businesses were closed, you had parades,” National Park Ranger Michael Callahan told Silverman. “It compares to St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, something along those lines.”
The annual celebration was dropped once relations between the U.S. and Britain strengthened.