• The North Bridge, Concord MA.

    Minute Man

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Patriot's Day

Captain David Brown's Company of Concord Minute Men

Captain David Brown's Company of Concord Minute Men

Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriot's Day. Patriot's 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 21, 2014), and the entire weekend, is celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies.

For more information, please call (978) 318 - 7825 or e-mail us
Additional information is available at http://www.battleroad.org/


 

2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, April 12th

Liberty Pole Capping
Wilson Park, Bedford
10:30 a.m.

Liberty Pole Capping ceremony consisting of colonial troops from throughout New England parading from Bedford Common to Wilson Park. A Bedford Minuteman will climb the pole and, in defiance of King George, place a red cap over the top.

Meriam's Corner Exercise
Meriam's Corner, Concord
1:00 p.m.
The Town of Concord, joined by area minute companies, fife and drum units, and the Concord Independent Battery, pay remembrance to the fight at Meriam's Corner that marked the beginning of the six-hour running battle back to Boston. Tour the Meriam House from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Paul Revere Capture Ceremony
Paul Revere Capture Site, Lincoln
3:00 p.m.
The Lincoln Minute Men and the Town of Lincoln, joined by other reenactment untis, observe the historic capture of Paul Revere with fife and drum music and a musket fire salute.


 

Saturday, April 19th

(NOTE: The "Battle Road" event, including the Bloody Angle Battle Demonstration that usually takes place at Hartwell Tavern in Lincoln will NOT be held this year.)

Dawn Salute
North Bridge, Concord
6:00 a.m.
The Concord Minute Men and the Concord Independent Battery observe the openning battle of the American Revolution in a 21 gun musket and cannon salute.

Tough Ruck
Battle Road Trail
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Hundreds of veterans and active military members will come together to honor and remember our fallen comrades while raising funds to support their families and service members in times of need. They will leave from the North Bridge/Old Manse area at 7:00 a.m. and walk through Concord center to connect to the park's five-mile Battle Road Trail. They will walk two circuits of the Battle Road Trail and then return to the North Bridge area. In total, this will equal the length of a marathon.

From Dawn to Dead of Night – Captain David Brown's Company of Minute Men North Bridge, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
North Bridge musket firing demonstrations at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Concord Museum, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Concord Museum will host an overnight encampment of Captain David Brown's Company of minute men on the Museum's lawn in conjunction with the museum's special exhibition "The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775". The company will be also participatte in events at North Bridge on April 19. See how companies of minute men were armed and trained. Visit Concord Museum to see the actual artifacts in the museum's new exhibit.

Arrival of the Sudbury Militia
North Bridge, Concord
11:30 a.m. (approximately)
The Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute will make their annual march to North Bridge from the Town of Sudbury, in honor of their fellow townsmen who made a similar march on April 19, 1775. They will fire three musket volleys from North Bridge as a soldierly salute.

1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps
Minute Man Visitor Center, Rt. 2A, Lexington
11:00 a.m.
The 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps will perform a concert of military music from the American Revolutionary War.

Life on the Battle Road
Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hartwell Tavern and the Captain William Smith House will be open. Park staff will be joined by living history volunteers from the Lincoln Minute Men (until 1:30 p.m.) and other local organizations. (Hartwell Tavern will also be open April 20 and 21)


 

Sunday, April 20th

Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm
Col. James Barrett House, Barrett's Mill Road, Concord
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In 1775, Colonel James Barrett of Concord was responsible for safeguarding all the military supplies in town. Searching his house was part of the mission of the British soldiers when they marched to Concord. Visit the Barrett House and learn about the intense military preparations that helped launch America into the Revolutionary War.


 
The Old Guard

3rd U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard

Monday, April 21st (Patriot's Day observed)

Lexington Battle Reenactment
Lexington Green
5:30 a.m.
The Town of Lexington celebrates the first shots of the American Revolution with a reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town's militia and the Briitish regulars.

Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight, and Concord Parade
North Bridge, Concord
8:45 a.m.
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.

3rd U.S. Infantry, "The Old Guard"
North Bridge, Concord
1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
The 3d U.S. Infantry, traditionally known as "The Old Guard," is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the U.S. Army, serving our nation since 1784. The Old Guard is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C. in time of national emergency or civil disturbance. They will demonstrate authentic 18th century battle tactics and musket firing as well as fife and drum music.


 

Saturday, April 26th

Junior Ranger Day
Minute Man and North Bridge Visitor Centers, and Whittemore House
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Take part in "Hat's Off!" in our Reader's Theater and a militia drill with wooden muskets. At the end of your day show your work to a Ranger. Become a Junior Ranger and earn your new badge. For program times and details visit http://www.nps.gov/mima/forkids/junior-ranger-day.htm

Battle Road Heroes
At Hartwell Tavern Parking Area
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Tours leave every 15 minutes.
Listen to the personal stories of residents who lived along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775. Join the Guild of Historic Interpreters for a special evening of theater and history. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission: $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family. Children wearing their Junior Ranger Bages may attend the program for free.

Did You Know?

minute men behind a stone wall

The first battle of the American Revolution began at dawn, April 19, 1775, with a one-sided British victory in Lexington. 8 militiamen were killed and 10 wounded. It ended that evening with the British Regulars fighting for their lives on the road to Boston against nearly 4,000 Colonial militiamen. More...