Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Bowling Green was created by the Dutch as a cattle market in the 17th Century and became New York’s first park in 1733. On November 25, 1783 George Washington’s Continental army marched into New York City officially ending the Revolutionary War. To commemorate the event, the British Union Jack was taken down, and the American Flag was raised at Bowling Green. While interest has wavered over the years, in its prime, Evacuation Day was one of the most important holidays in NYC, equal to our July 4th celebrations.
This year, much more elaborate Evacuation Day festivities are being planned than in past years.
A military parade is being staged to march down Broadway on November 25th from St Paul’s Chapel to Bowling Green which will be officially renamed Evacuation Day Plaza.
The ceremonies will begin at St. Paul’s Chapel on Vesey Street & Broadway at 11:00 AM and will feature expert military historians speaking on the events of that great day. A uniformed color guard will then lead the group down Broadway to the flagpoles at Bowling Green where there will be an official reenactment of the raising of the Evacuation day flag, and the Veteran Corps of Artillery (VCA) flag celebrating the 225th anniversary.
Contact a Discover New York and Beyond Destination Specialist to plan a day seeing Historic sites around Lower Manhattan and then see the acclaimed Broadway show, Hamilton – An American Musical!
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9:00 AM on 77th Street and Central Park West and ends in front of Macy’s Department Store at 12:00 PM.
From all of us at Discover New York and Beyond, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!