|Patriots' Day Events, Massachusetts|
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 2014, the official Patriots Day holiday is on Monday, April 21st.
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 12th, and continue till Monday, April 21st. Most will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 19, 20 & 21, 2014. For locations, see the map to the right—>.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
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.
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 19, 2014
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.
8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Concord: "Armed as According to Law," a living history event by Minute Man National Historic Park and the Concord Museum, Old North Bridge, Concord MA.
10:00 am, Lexington: Re-enactment on Lexington's Bttle Green of "Parker's Revenge," when Captain Parker's Minutemen attacked the retreating redcoat column in revenge for their losses suffered earlier in the day.
11:30 am, Concord: Arrival of the Sudbury Militia at Old North Bridge, and firing of three musket volleys.
12 noon, Lexington: Patriotic performance by the US Army 3rd US Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") on Battle Green.
4:00 pm, Lexington: Tower Park Battle reenactment at Massachusetts Avenue and Pelham Road.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 pm, Concord: Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm, Col. James Barrett House, Barrett's Mill Road.
11:30 pm, Lexington: Reenactment of Paul Revere's Ride, Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock Street.
Monday, April 21, 2014
8:15 am, Lexington: Patriots Day ceremonies on Battle Green, Lexington MA.
8:30 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.
10:30 am, Lexington: Lexington Minute Men Company on the Battle Green, Lexington MA.
1:00 pm, Lexington: Paul Revere arrives at Battle Green on horseback.
1:00 pm, Concord: Patriotic performance by the US Army 3rd US Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard")
2:00 pm, Concord: Patriotic performance by the US Army 3rd US Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard")
2:00 pm, Lexington: Patriots Day Parade.
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