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 the month.

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

Easter often falls in April, and New England's hundreds of colleges and universities empty out for Easter vacation (or "spring break").

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, which may crowd airports.

Patriots Day (April 19) is a holiday in Massachusetts, 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.

—by Tom Brosnahan



Tom's New England Almanac

New England's Climate

Festivals & Holidays

When to Visit New England

New England Transportation



Redcoats on Patriots Day, Lexington MA

British redcoats march through the streets of Lexington and Concord MA each April, as they did on April 19, 1775.

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