Battle Road and Patriot's Day Participant Information

Minute Men firing from North Bridge
 
Patriot's Day Weekend, 2020 will be held on Saturday, April 18 [Battle Road and Patriot Vigil], Sunday, April 19 [Dawn Salute, Sudbury march, Search of Barrett Farm], and Monday, April 20 [Patriot's Day/Lexington Green/North Bridge Fight].

Pre-registration (invitation only) is required for all reenactment units and participants. Registration materials will be sent directly to unit commanders. However, all registered participants are responsible for complying with event safety and authenticity standards. See the links below for more information.

Patriots Day Events Participant Schedule

Minute Man NHP Historic Weapons Requirements

Minute Man NHP Living History Authenticity Standards

If you have any questions, please contact Park Ranger Jim Hollister, (978) 318 - 7829 e-mail us
 

Upcoming Dates


Thursday, March 5th
Multi-unit drill (full 18th century dress recommended)
7:00 p.m.

Haartz Auto Fabric, 67 Hayward Rd, Acton MA Directions once you enter the facility: Enter at the Shipping and Receiving entrance, then drive straight back, keeping all the way to the right. Go around a small building on your left and follow the road all the way to the back of the complex. Way in the back you will see a building on your right that says “Building 14” on it. It is a warehouse building set all by itself. Park along the right side of it and enter via the door that’s about halfway down the side.
These drill sessions are hosted by the Acton Minute Men and are open to all participating Battle Road units. If you have new members who need extra drill, this is a great opportunity. Likewise, any veterans who need to shake the rust off (we ALL need drill), please feel free to come! The drill sessions focus on the 1764 Manual Excercise which was used by both Crown and Provincial forces. For more information, email

Saturday, March 28 (weather date April 4)
The Battle Road Muster
Minute Man Visitor Center, Rt 2A, Lexington (parking lot just over the line in Lincoln)
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The morning portion of the muster day, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. is mandatory for all soldiers, guides and evacuees in the Battle Road event. See the schedule for the specific time you should appear according to your role. Full 18th century attire is required. Soldiers must appear fully armed and accoutred as they would on the day of the event. Likewise, civilians should bring whatever accessories and props they plan to use for their impressions. If units or individuals cannot attend, please notify the Battle Road Committee in advance by email, no later than March 21 so other arrangements can be made.

  • 8:30 a.m. Unit commanders and guide sergeants meet in the auditorium before heading out for event briefing and field walk
  • 9:30 a.m. Auditorium - Reverend William Emerson Muster Day Sermon - Henry Cooke
  • 10:30 a.m. Auditorium - Battle Road Guides and Civilian Evacuees briefing and inspection
  • 10:30 a.m. Muster Field - Inspection of Provincial and Crown Forces.
  • 11:30 a.m. Battle Road Trail - Rehearsal (non firing) of the civilian evacuation and tactical scenario
  • 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. lunch (optional)
  • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (optional) brush and debris clearing from demonstration area
 

Directions for Participants

Directions to Minute Man Visitor Center, Lexington
From I-95: Take exit 30B. You will be on Route 2A west. The visitor center is 1/2 mile west off ramp on the right. Park map https://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/maps.htm

From MassPike: Take I-95 Exit (exit 14) and follow above directions.

From Route 2: Follow Route 2 to I-95 North. Proceed north one exit to 30B. Follow directions above. Paul Revere Capture site: Follow directions above.

Major John Buttrick House / North Bridge Visitor Center: 174 Liberty St. Concord MA 01742
Follow directions for Minute Man Visitor Center. Continue on Rt 2A. for approx. 2.5 miles. Bear right onto Lexington Road. Continue for approx. 3 miles to Concord Center. In Concord Center, take a right onto Monu-ment St. Continue for approx. 1/2 mile. Cross the River and take a left on Liberty St. The North Bridge Visitor Center parking is at the top of the hill on your left. The Major John Buttrick House is the large, yellow colonial across the street. Park map https://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Hartwell Tavern: 101 North Great Road, Lincoln MA 01773
From I-95: Take exit 30B. You will be on Route 2A west. Hartwell Tavern parking area is 1.5-miles west off ramp on the right (you will pass by the entrance to Hanscom Dr. and Air Terminal on the right). Park map https://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Last updated: February 27, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

North Bridge / Park Head Quarters
174 Liberty St.

Concord, MA 01742

Phone:

(978) 369-6993

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