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Here are some Patriots' Day events scheduled for April 11 through 20, 2015, 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 2015, the official Patriots Day holiday is on Monday, April 20th.

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

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 Monday, April 20th. Most will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 18, 19, 20, 2015. For locations, see the map to the right—>.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

10:30 am: Liberty Pole Capping by Bedford Minutemen, Bedford Common to Wilson Park.,

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.

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

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.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

8:00 am to 12:00 pm, Concord: "Armed as According to Law," a living history event by Minute Man National Historic Park at Old North Bridge; also 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Concord Museum, Concord MA.

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

9:30 am to 12:00 pm, Life on the Battle Road, Hartwell Tavern & Captain William Smith House, Lincoln MA.

10:00 am, Parker's Revenge, reenactment of Lexington Minutemen's 2nd call to arms by Captain Parker, Battle Green, Lexington MA.

12:00 pm & 1:00 pm, Patriotic performances by the US Army 3rd US Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard"), Battle Green, Lexington MA.

2:00 pm, Battle Road: Returning to Lexington, hundreds of British & Colonial reenactors recreate the running battle that took place along Battle Road. Minute Man Visitor Center, Lexington MA.

4:00 pm, Lexington: Tower Park Battle reenactment at Massachusetts Avenue and Pelham Road, Lexington MA.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

6:00 am, Concord: Dawn Salute a 21-gun musket and cannon saluteby 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, Concord: Arrival of the Sudbury Militia at Old North Bridge, and firing of three musket volleys.

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

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


Monday, April 20, 2015

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.

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.

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

12:00 pm, Patriotic performance by the US Army 3rd US Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard"), Battle Green, Lexington MA.

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

2:00 pm, Lexington: Patriots Day Parade.


Additional information here:

Concord Chamber of Commerce

Town of Lexington

Battle Road Reenactments

Minute Man National Historical Park

Friends of Minuteman National Park


Patriots Day

Lexington Battle

Concord Battle

About Lexington

About Concord

Boston Marathon

West of Boston

Boston Homepage

New England History

 

 


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

Above, dawn salute, on April 19th (Patriots' 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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