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Here are some Patriots Day events that happened April 8 through 17, 2017, in the historic Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord.








Lexington Minutemen at Patriots' Day, Lexington MA



















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British Redcoats on Patriots' Day, Lexington MA

 

Patriots Day (April 19th) is celebrated as a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine (which was part of Massachusetts in 1775), so state offices and schools in those states close on a Monday near the 19th, giving inhabitants a three-day weekend.

In 2018, the official Patriots Day holiday is on Monday, April 16th.

Observances of the historic battles at Lexington and Concord, and other events on April 18-19, 1775, start on Saturday, April 7th, and continue till Monday, April 16th. Most are held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 14, 15 and 16, 2018, but a few events are always held on April 19th—the day itself. For locations, see the map in the right column of this page.—>

The day's headline event is undoubtedly the Boston Marathon, but for non-runners, there are plenty of interesting historical events.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

10:30 am: Parade & Liberty Pole Capping by Bedford Minutemen, Bedford Common to Wilson Park. More from the Bedford Minutemen...

1:00 pm: Meriam's Corner Exercise, Meriam's Corner on Lexington Road (MA Route 2A) at Meriam's Corner, Concord, commemorating the fight that took place here. More from the National Park Service...

2:00 pm, Dress rehearsal for the re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington Green, Battle Green, Lexington MA. More from the Lexington Minutemen...

3:00 pm: Paul Revere's capture re-enacted at the Revere Capture Site on Lexington Road (MA Route 2A) in Minute Man National Historical Park in Lincoln MA. More from the Lincoln Minutemen...


Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Battle Green Guided Tours, free, on Battle Green, Lexington MA.

9:30 am to 12:00 noon, Parker's March & Wreath Laying," the Lexington Minutemen start from Lexington Green and march to the site of Parker's Revenge, with a wreath-laying ceremony at 12 noon.

10:30 am, Explore Bloody Angle with Edmund Foster, Bloody Angle. Parking at Hartwell Tavern, Lincoln MA.

1:00 pm, Battle Road: Parker's Revenge Scenario, a skirmish re-enactment at Minute Man Visitor Center. Minute Man National Historical Park.

Jason Russel House, of the Arlington Historical Society, Arlington, open for tours from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Munroe Tavern Re-enactment: British troops retreating from the battles at Concord occupy the Munroe Tavern off Lexington Green from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Tours of the tavern.

4:00 to 5:00 pm, Lexington: Tower Park Battle reenactment by Lexington Minutemen and the King's Tenth Regiment of Foot at Massachusetts Avenue and Pelham Road, Lexington MA.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Battle Green Guided Tours, free, on Battle Green, Lexington MA.

12:00 noon, Jason Russel House Battle Re-enactment, Jason Russel House, Arlington.

1:00 to 4:00 pm, Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm, Col. James Barrett House, 448 Barrett's Mill Road, Concord MA.

2:00 to 3:30 pm, Lincoln Salute: Festival of 18th-century Fife & Drum Music, Pierce Park, 17 weston Road, Lincoln.

5:00 to 6:00 pm, Robbins' Ride, re-enactment of the spreading of the alarm through Acton: horse and rider and musket shots, begins at Robbins' House site, soccer fields at the bottom of Concord Road, Acton.

7:00 pm, Alarm & Muster in Lincoln: Minutemen gather at the White Church (First Parish) on the library lawn opposite the church, Lincoln.

11:30 pm, Lexington: Reenactment of Paul Revere's Ride, Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock Street. Lexington Historical Society.


Monday, April 16, 2018

5:30 am, The Alarm, bell-ringing at Old Belfry, Belfry Hill, Massachusetts Avenue at Clarke Street, Lexington MA.

5:30 am, Lexington Battle Reenactment, re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington Green, Battle Green, Lexington MA. Lexington Minute Men.

8:15 am, Patriots Day Ceremonies, Battle Green, Lexington MA.

8:45 am, Concord: Re-enactment of the Battle at the North Bridge in Concord.

9:00 to 10:00 am, Boston Marathon begins in Hopkinton MA. More...

9:30 am, Concord: Patriots Day parade arrives at the North Bridge, followed by further ceremonies, re-enactments, and firings of the brass cannons by the Concord Independent Battery.

10:30—11:00 am, Boston Marathon first wheelchair participants cross the finish line.

11:45 am—12:15 pm, Boston Marathon lead women and men cross the finish line.

1:00 pm, Paul Revere arrives at Battle Green, Lexington MA. Lexington Minute Men.

2:00 pm, Lexington: Patriots Day Parade.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

6:00 am, Concord: Dawn Salute, a 21-gun musket and cannon salute by the Concord Minute Men and Concord Independent Battery at Old North Bridge, Concord MA.

10:00 am, Concord: Remembering the LadiesCommemorating the brave Massachusetts women who took up arms to provide security while their men were at war, the Molly Cutthroats, a living history group dedicated to the role of women in the Revolution, fires a ceremonial volley of musketry from North Bridge.

11:30 am, Arrival of the Sudbury Militia at North BridgeThe Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minutemen arrive and fire three musket volleys off North Bridge.

12:30 pm, Sons of the American Revolution
The Henry Knox Color Guard fires three volleys from North Bridge.


Additional Information

Battle Road Reenactments

Minute Man National Historical Park

Friends of Minuteman National Park

Lexington Minutemen

His Majesty's Tenth Regiment of Foot

Arlington Historical Society


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Lexington Battle

Concord Battle

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Dawn Salute on Patriots' Day, Old North Bridge, Concord MA

Above, dawn salute, on April 19th (Patriot' Day)
at Old North Bridge, Concord MA.

Below, redcoats respond to
an attack by Minutemen.

British Redcoats on Patriots' Day, Lexington MA




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