Column: Oh, Evacuation Day

Column: Oh, Evacuation Day

By Rachel Slajda

Of course you know Evacuation Day. You, Bostonian, most certainly understand why March 17 is an official city holiday, and that it has nothing to do with the beloved Saint Patrick.

But on the off-chance that you, dear reader, are one of those students who enclose themselves in a red and black bubble, Evacuation Day celebrates March 17, 1776, when the British left the then-town of Boston after an 11-month siege. It was the original George W.’s first major victory.

So, no, the city doesn’t officially celebrate the evacuation of sobriety in reverence of St. Pat driving the snakes (ahem, Pagans) out of the auld sod. Although the parallels are interesting

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