Logo   April in New England
The weather warms, snow declines, the frozen earth thaws, and in southern New England the first blossoms and flowers appear. Then there's Patriots Day.



Ski season is winding down and spring has not really arrived, so many country inns close for all or part of April.

Diehard skiers head for the late-season thrills of Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

School Vacation & Spring Break

Easter falls in April in years from 2017 to 2023, and New England's hundreds of colleges and universities empty out for Easter vacation (or spring break), complicating travel on the weekends before and after the vacation.

Good Friday, preceding Easter, is not an official holiday though some businesses close and many people travel. Most public schools also have a week's vacation following Easter, which may crowd airports.

Patriots Day

Patriots Day (April 19) is a state holiday in Massachusetts, and Maine, celebrated on the Monday nearest that date. The day commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War, fought in the early hours of April 19 in Lexington and Concord.

All Massachusetts state government offices and many local businesses close, though federal government offices and offices of large interstate and international companies remain open. Most museums are open, with the exception of some state-funded museums.

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

The Boothbay Harbor Fishermen's Festival, Boothbay Harbor ME, is on the second weekend in April, with seafood feasts, exhibits and games.

—by Tom Brosnahan



Tom's New England Almanac

New England's Climate

Festivals & Holidays

When to Visit New England

New England Transportation

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Redcoats at Lexington Green, Massachusetts

British redcoats ready for battle on Patriots Dayin Lexington and Concord MA each April, as they did on April 19, 1775.

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