While many people throughout the country have never heard of it, Patriots’ Day is a significant event in the city of Boston as well as throughout the state. A civic holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the first Battle of the American Revolution, the special day is marked by several events throughout the Boston area.
Although the Battles of Lexington and Concord took place on April 19, 1775, Patriot’s Day is not always celebrated on this day. Instead, the holiday is observed on the third Monday in April of each year. In this way, the celebration can take place over a three-day weekend, making it possible to include numerous reenactments and other events. While most of Boston’s Patriot’s Day events do take place over this weekend, the city frequently hosts additional events throughout the month of April.
This year, Patriot’s Day will take place on April 20th, but activities will begin well before the actual holiday. For example, the dress rehearsal of the Lexington Skirmish will take place at 2:00 pm on April 5th at Battle Green. The dress rehearsal is open to the public and offers a good alternative for avoiding the larger crowds at the actual event, which will take place at 5:00 pm on April 21st. The dress rehearsal rain date is April 12 at 2:00 pm.
A number of Patriot’s Day events will also take place on April 11th. Among these are:
- Bedford Parade and Pole Capping: During this event, Minute Men from throughout New England gather on the Town Common as they march while playing drums and fifes. The parade starts at 10:30 am at 99 School Way in Bedford.
- Meriam House Tours: Tours of the homes begin at Meriam’s Corner on Lexington Road in Concord. Tours are given from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Meriam’s Corner Exercise: Minute Men from throughout New England commemorate the fight at Meriam’s Corner, which left 49 Colonials and 73 British dead as well as 173 wounded and missing. The event takes place at Meriam’s Corner on Lexington Road in Concord at 1:00 pm.
- Paul Revere Capture Ceremony: Minute men march down battle road as they recreate the events from the night of April 19. 1775. Takes place at the Paul Revere Capture Site on Rt 2A at Minute Man National Historical Park in Lincoln at 3:00 pm.
Numerous events will also take place on April 18th. Some of these include:
- Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute Men March: Takes place at 3:45 am at Wayland Center and 5:45 am at Sudbury Center, ending at North Bridge at around 11:30 am.
- Dawn Salute at North Bridge: The bells at First Parish Church will ring at 5:45 am to sound the alarm during the reenactment.
- North Bridge in Concord Wreath-Laying Ceremony: Ceremony and historical speeches starting at 7:30 am.
- “Armed as According to Law” Living History Event: Presentation featuring approximately 40 men demonstrating drills and musket firing taking place from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Minute Men National Historical Park and Concord Museum.
- Parker’s Revenge: Reenactment of Parker’s Revenge on Route 2A in the Minute Man National Park at 10:00 am.
- Hartwell Tavern Tours: Takes place from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
- Captain William Smith House Demonstrations: Explore historic homes and taverns from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
- Arrival of the Sudbury Militia: Militia arrives at North Bridge and fires 3 musket volleys in honor of the townsmen of 1775 at approximately 11:30 am.
- Jason Russell House Tours: Tours at 7 Jason Street as well as children’s activities and refreshments from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
- British Troops Occupy Munroe Tavern: Reenactments at the tavern located at 1332 Mass Ave in Lexington from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
- Parker’s Revenge Battle Reenactment: Recreation of ambush on a British column near the Minute Man Visitor Center at 250 North Great Road in Lincoln at 2:00 pm.
Of course, this is only a sampling of the activities that will take place throughout the month of April and over the Patriots’ Day weekend. Be sure to view the full schedule of events to avoid missing anything that you want to see!