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On April 19, 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles at Lexington and Concord between British "redcoats" and colonial Minutemen.

Redcoats attack on Lexington Green on Patriots Day
Redcoats (British Regulars) advance toward the Minutemen on Lexington Green on Patriots Day... 


Patriots Day is commemorated with dramatic battle re-enactments, parades and ceremonies, each year on the third Monday in April.

Patriots' Day is a public holiday in Massachusetts and Maine. All Massachusetts state, county and town government offices, libraries, and some local businesses close, though federal government offices, post offices, and offices of large interstate and international companies remain open.

When is Patriots' Day? Here are the dates (all Mondays):

April 17, 2017
April 16, 2018
April 22, 2019
April 20, 2020

Events & Locations

Here's a list of events and locations.

Among the better-known commemorative events on Patriots' Day is the Boston Marathon, which has been run now for over a century.

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The re-enactment of the battle on Lexington Green starts at dawn, but crowds of spectators begin to gather by 4 am. If you don't get there at least two hours early, you won't be able to find any good vantage point for the "battle."

Some people believe that to get the best views, you must stake out your spot three, four or even five hours before. (In other words, you spend the night there.)

About 5:30 am you will hear the redcoats marching along Battle Road as they approach Lexington Green.

Patriots' Day events in nearby Concord are a bit nicer to your sleep-time. A 9:00 am parade with lots of fife-and-drum bands and groups of Minutemen from surrounding towns and as far away as Michigan is followed by a re-enactment of the battle at Old North Bridge, commemorative ceremonies, and the repeated firing of brass cannons by the Concord Independent Battery.

Brass cannon of Concord Independent Battery at Old North Bridge on Patriots Day, Concord, Massachusetts
Brass cannon goes boom at Old North Bridge
on Patriots Day in Concord.

Several church halls open to provide pancake breakfasts to the multitude.

Here's more on all the Patriots' Day events.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Patriots' Day Events



Lexington Battle

Battle Road


Old North Bridge

April in New England

New England History



Lexington Minutemen, Lexington, Massachusetts

Lexington Minutemen line up on Lexington Green ready to do battle with Redcoats.




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