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.
2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, April 12th
Liberty Pole Capping
Meriam's Corner Exercise
Paul Revere Capture Ceremony
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.)
From Dawn to Dead of Night – Captain David Brown's Company of Minute Men North Bridge, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Arrival of the Sudbury Militia
1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps
Life on the Battle Road
Sunday, April 20th
Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm
Monday, April 21st (Patriot's Day observed)
Lexington Battle Reenactment
Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight, and Concord Parade
3rd U.S. Infantry, "The Old Guard"
Saturday, April 26th
Junior Ranger Day
Battle Road Heroes
Did You Know?
Enlisted men in the British Army at the time of the American Revolution volunteered to join the ranks. Gentlemen who wanted to be officers, however, had to purchase their commissions.