November 25 marks the day in 1783 when the British Army departed from New York City on Manhattan Island, after the end of the American Revolutionary War. In their wake, General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army from his headquarters north of the city across the Harlem River, and south through Manhattan to the Battery at its southern tip.
Departed, Nov 25, 1783
Celebration, Nov 25, 1883
The largest celebration was by far the Centennial. A million people reportedly saw it although 20,000 people marched in the parade. There were ships in the rivers, banquets at Delmonicos, and the statue of George Washington was unveiled at Federal Hall as well as the arch at Washington Square.
Celebration, Nov 25, 1916
The last major celebration occurred during World War I which was discontinued as it was felt to show poorly on the British who were our allies in the war.