Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriots' Day. Patriots' Day is a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775.
The holiday (Officially observed on Monday, April 20, 2015), and the entire weekend, is celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies.
Saturday, April 11th
Liberty Pole Capping
Meriam's Corner Exercise
Paul Revere Capture Ceremony
Saturday, April 18
"Armed as According to Law: Captain David Brown's Company of Minute Men
Life on the Battle Road
Explore Bloody Angle with Edmund Foster
Visit Whittemore House (Behind Minute Man Visitor Center, Rt 2A Lexington)
Battle Road: Returning to Lexington
Junior Ranger Day at Minute Man National Historical Park
Recommended for ages 8-11.
The Midnight Ride of Me and Paul Revere film premiere
Saturday, April 18th - 26th, 2015
Blue theater, Minute Man Visitor Center, Route 2A, Lexington.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m..
Minute Man National Historical Park will debut the new film, The Midnight Ride of Me and Paul Revere throughout the day on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in the Blue theater at Minute Man Visitor Center. The show will be part of Patriot’s Weekend and Junior Ranger Day activities, as well as a feature for National Park Week, April 18th to the 26th at the park. Learn the story of Paul Revere as told by his horse.
The Robbins House Open: Featuring Historian John Hannigan
Monument Street Parking Area, Concord
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Come by after drill maneuvers at the North Bridge! Learn about Patriots of Color from Researcher John Hannigan. The Robbins House will also be open 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20th. For more information visit http://drinkinggourdproject.org/
Sunday, April 19th
“America’s Army” featuring soldiers from the 4th Battalion of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment - The Old Guard
Arrival of the Sudbury Militia
Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm
Monday, April 20th (Patriots' Day observed)
Lexington Battle Reenactment
North Bridge, Concord
British and Colonial reenactors will commemorate the "Shot heard round the world" with a dramatic re-staging of the North Bridge fight featuring marching and musket fire. The Concord Parade will arrive at North Bridge around 9:30 a.m. with ceremonies featuring minute man companies, British reenactors and music groups. NOTE: all of the roads in the center of town are closed to vehicles beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 25th
Battle Road Heroes