The following are minor or locally celebrated holidays related to the
1 A Great Jubilee Day
2 Bennington Battle Day
3 Carolina Day
4 Founder's Day
4.1 Proclamation Text
5 Halifax Day
6 Massacre Day
6.1 History of the holiday
6.2 See also
7 Powder House Day
8 Yorktown Day
8.1 See also
A Great Jubilee Day
A Great Jubilee Day, first organized May 26, 1783 in North Stratford,
now Trumbull, Connecticut, celebrated end of major fighting in the
American Revolutionary War.
Bennington Battle Day
Bennington Battle Day is a state holiday unique to
commemorates the American victory at the
Battle of Bennington
Battle of Bennington (which
actually took place in New York) during the Revolutionary War in 1777.
The holiday's date is fixed, and occurs on August 16 every year.
In Bennington, there is a battle re-enactment put on by the local
This may be the only state holiday in the US which commemorates an
event that did not even happen in the state.
Battle of Bennington
Battle of Bennington is named as such, because the battle was over
weapons and munitions stored where the Bennington Battle monument now
stands. This site is located in what is now referred to as Old
Carolina Day is the day set aside to commemorate the first decisive
victory of the
American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War in South Carolina.
Sgt. Jasper raising battle flag during the Battle of Sullivan's
On June 28, 1776, a small band of
South Carolina Patriots defeated the
Royal Navy in the Battle of Sullivan's Island. Patriots
stationed at an unfinished palmetto log and sand fort near what is
Fort Moultrie defeated a British naval force of nine warships as
it attempted to invade Charleston. After a nine-hour battle, the ships
were forced to retire. Charleston was saved from British occupation,
and the fort was named in honor of its commander, General William
Moultrie. The victory put off a British occupation for four years.
Liberty Flag designed by Colonel
William Moultrie and waved by
William Jasper to rally the troops during that battle became
the basis for the Flag of South Carolina, bearing on it an image of
the palmetto tree that was used to build the fortress.
The anniversary of the victory was celebrated locally starting in 1777
when it was known as Palmetto Day or Sergeant Jasper's Day. (The
latter name was a reference to a colonial soldier who had rushed into
the fight to save the fallen battle flag during the battle.) The
anniversary became known as Carolina Day for the first time in 1875.
The anniversary remained popular until the mid-20th century but
eventually began to fall out of favor. Regardless, the day continued
to be marked by the tradition of playing the tune of "Three Blind
Mice" at noon at St. Michael's Episcopal Church (Charleston, South
Carolina). In 1995, Charleston historical groups helped reinvigorate
the celebration of Carolina Day to help raise awareness of South
Carolina's and Charleston's role in the Revolutionary War.
While the holiday has not regained the popularity it once enjoyed, it
remains an official holiday in
South Carolina although not marked by
office closings. According to
South Carolina Code Ann. sec. 53-3-140,
"June twenty-eighth of each year, the anniversary of the Battle of
Sullivan's Island in 1776, is declared to be 'Carolina Day' in South
For the Scout celebration, see World Thinking Day.
Founder's Day originated from a proclamation by the United States
Continental Congress on October 11, 1782, in response to Great
Britain's expected military defeat in the American Revolutionary War.
The war did not formally end until Congress ratified the Treaty of
Paris on January 14, 1784.
The purpose of the proclamation was essentially to thank God for
America's good fortune in the Revolutionary War. This did not form the
Thanksgiving Day as it is known presently in the United
States. Congressional and presidential declarations named several days
of thanks each year throughout the Revolutionary War period and after.
This particular day of thanks falls on November 28.
United States in Congress assembled.
IT being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up
their supplications to ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his
gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and
public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and
especially for great and signal interpositions of his providence in
their behalf: Therefore, the
United States in Congress assembled,
taking into their consideration the many instances of divine goodness
to these States, in the course of the important conflict in which they
have been so long engaged; the present happy and promising state of
public affairs; and the events of the war, in the course of the year
now drawing to a close; particularly the harmony of the public
Councils, which is so necessary to the success of the public cause;
the perfect union and good understanding which has hitherto subsisted
between them and their Allies, notwithstanding the artful and
unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them; the success of
the arms of the United States, and those of their Allies, and the
acknowledgment of their independence by another European power, whose
friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting advantage to
these States:----- Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these
States in general, to observe, and request the several States to
interpose their authority in appointing and commanding the observation
of THURSDAY the twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a day of solemn
THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend
to all ranks, to testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness,
by a cheerful obedience of his laws, and by promoting, each in his
station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled
religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and
Done in Congress, at Philadelphia, the eleventh day of October, in the
year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our
Sovereignty and Independence, the seventh.
John Hanson, President.
Charles Thomson, Secretary.
Halifax Day occurs on April 12 in Halifax, North Carolina. It
Halifax Resolves (which was the first official call for
independence from Britain by any of the colonies) when it was voted
unanimously that North Carolina's delegates to the Continental
Congress be empowered to concur with the other colonial delegates in
declaring independence from Britain. Until the 1980s, Halifax Day was
celebrated by a public holiday in North Carolina. Every year, on April
12, the Historic Halifax State Historic Site hosts Halifax Day.
Interpreters in period costumes guide tours of historic buildings, and
demonstrate historic crafts and other colonial activities.
Occasionally, reenactors portray Revolutionary era soldiers and
demonstrate use of historic weapons during the Halifax Day events.
Massacre Day was a holiday in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1771 to
1783. It was held on March 5, the anniversary of the 1770 Boston
History of the holiday
Each year a featured speaker would deliver an oration to commemorate
the massacre. The speech would subsequently be printed. James Lovell
delivered the first speech in 1771. Dr.
Joseph Warren delivered the
Massacre Day oration in 1772 and 1775. Benjamin Church was the
featured speaker in 1773, followed the next year by John Hancock. In
emotional language, the early speeches reminded listeners of the
killings of civilians in Boston by British soldiers while touching
upon themes such as the dangers of standing armies in times of peace
and opposition to the policies of the British Parliament that the
speakers believed violated colonial rights.
The final observance of Massacre Day was in 1783. With the end of the
American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War and the securing of American independence,
Boston Board of Selectmen
Boston Board of Selectmen thought it was appropriate to replace
the holiday with
Independence Day, held on July 4 in honor of the
Declaration of Independence. The final oration was delivered by the
Rev. Dr. Thomas Welch and focused on the dangers of armies being
garrisoned in cities.
Evacuation Day (Massachusetts)
Bunker Hill Day#Commemorations
Powder House Day
Powder House Day in New Haven, Connecticut, is celebrated annually to
commemorate the events of April 22, 1775 when the Governor's Foot
Guard, under Captain Benedict Arnold, demanded the keys to the powder
house in order to arm themselves and begin the march to Cambridge,
Massachusetts, marking the entry of New Haven into the American
When news of the
Battle of Lexington
Battle of Lexington reached
New Haven, Connecticut
New Haven, Connecticut on
April 21, 1775, the Second Company of the Governors Foot Guard voted
to assist their fellow Massachusetts patriots.
Although the New Haven town meeting had voted the day before not to
send aid to Massachusetts, the Foot Guard decided overwhelmingly to
go. With the blessing of the Rev. Jonathan Edwards they confronted the
selectmen, who were meeting at a Beer's Tavern, and demanded access to
the powder house.
"You may tell the selectmen," Arnold reportedly said, "that if the
keys are not coming within five minutes, my men will break into the
supply-house and help themselves. None but the Almighty God shall
prevent me from marching." The keys were reluctantly handed over and
supplies and arms were taken for the march to Cambridge. On July 2,
1775 members of the Foot Guard escorted General
George Washington to
Cambridge after his overnight stay in New Haven on his way to Boston
to take command of the forces around the Greater Boston area.
Governor's Foot Guard
Governor's Foot Guard stages an annual recreation of the events on
a Saturday in April. After a memorial service at New Haven's Center
Church on the Green (the same church where Arnold's wife was later
buried in the cellar cemetery), the re-enactors march across the Green
to City Hall, where a member of the Foot Guard playing Arnold demands
the keys to the powder house from the current mayor of New Haven, who
plays his Revolutionary predecessor. Despite his later deeds Benedict
Arnold is still considered an unnamed hero in Connecticut, though no
memorial to him was ever built because of his treason.
Yorktown Day is a holiday celebrated in Yorktown, Virginia, United
States annually on October 19. The holiday celebrates the surrender of
the British forces on that date in 1781, ending the Battle of Yorktown
and bringing about the end of the American Revolutionary War.
Typical events during the day include a parade, speeches from groups
such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, wreath-laying at
several gravesites in the area, and reenactments of the Battle and
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
^ Bennington's Official Website Archived 2010-08-18 at the Wayback
^ Quick, David (2002-06-28). "Carolina Day spotlights state's role in
Revolution". Charleston Post and Courier. Archived from the original
on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
^ Thanksgiving in American Memory
^ Fowler, William M., Jr. The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of
John Hancock. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980.
^ Travers, Len. Celebrating the Fourth:
Independence Day and the Rites
of Nationalism in the Early Republic. University of Massachusetts
^ Osterweis, Rollin G., Three Centuries of New Haven (1953), New
Haven: Yale University Press.
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