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Here are Patriots Day events for April 11 through 20, 2020, in the historic Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord.

Lexington Minutemen at Patriots' Day, Lexington MA

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 2020, the official Patriots Day holiday is on Monday, April 20th.

Observances of the historic battles at Lexington and Concord, and other events on April 18-19, 1775, start on Saturday, April 11th, and continue till Saturday, April 25th. Most are held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 18, 19 and 20, 2020, 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 11, 2020

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, 737 Lexington Road (MA Route 2A), 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 18, 2020

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.

12:45 pm, Battle Road: Parker's Revenge Battle Demonstration, 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.

7:50 pm, Patriot Vigil, Old North Bridge, Concord, lantern-light procession, poetry, recitation of names, music: bring your own enclosed candle lantern if you wish (no flashlights, please).

Sunday, April 19, 2020

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.

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

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

1:00 to 4:00 pm, "Warlike Preparations" at the Barrett Farm, Col. James Barrett House, 448 Barrett's Mill Road, Concord MA. Visit the restored farmhouse where the Minutemen's weapons were hidden and help keep watch for British soldiers.

Monday, April 20, 2020

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.

Saturday, April 25, 20120

1:00—6:00 pm, After the battle - The War has Begun. Hartwell Tavern, 136 North Great Road, Lincoln. Learn what it was like in 1775 when your country went to war, with Minutemen leaving for the front lines in Boston.

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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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Concord Battle

About Lexington

About Concord

Boston Marathon

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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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