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, 2020), and the entire weekend, is celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies.
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Saturday, April 11thBedford Pole Capping
Willson Park, Bedford
This ceremony features a march, displays of musketry, and fife and drum music. The main event is the raising of a tall wooden pole, which is climbed by a Bedford Minuteman and affixed with a red knitted cap.
Meriam’s Corner Exercise
737 Lexington Rd, Concord
Minute companies, fife and drum, and the Concord Independent Battery commemorate the fight at Meriam’s Corner. There will be musket and cannon firing and fife and drum music.
Paul Revere Capture Ceremony
200 North Great Rd, Lincoln
The Lincoln Minute Men observe the historic capture of Paul Revere with a dramatic re-telling of Longfellow's famous poem, fife and drum music and a musket fire salute.
Saturday, April 18th
Last updated: November 20, 2019