The Daily Show’s new Senior Historical Context Correspondent says the day after Thanksgiving should be celebrated as Evacuation Day. And no, it has nothing to do with all that pie you ate.
Author Sarah Vowell debuted on the Daily Show Thursday by extolling the merits of the real-life Nov. 25 holiday – marking the departure of British troops from New York at the close of the Revolutionary War in 1783.
While Thanksgiving has largely become a senseless gorge-fest punctuated by family strife, Evacuation Day offers fresh possibilities as a national holiday. And given its funky name, it may take a while for it to be commercialized to death.
Like David Sedaris and Ira Glass, Vowell is a darling of NPR’s “This American Life,” with a voice seemingly unfit for radio. Sample her small screen stylings – and learn more than you ever wanted to know about Evacuation Day – in the clip.