Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, all planned Patriot’s Day events and activities scheduled to take place within the park have been cancelled. In lieu of public commemorations, parades, living history and battle demonstrations, Minute Man NHP, in collaboration with Minuteman Media Network, Lexington Historical Society, Boston NHP, Longfellow House – Washington's Headquarters NHS, and dozens of living history volunteers and scholars will offer a deep dive into the real history of April 19, 1775 through the mediums of web and social media. The focus will be on highlighting the historical people, places and events that make up this unique and compelling story.
The following programs will be shared on Minute Man’s Facebook page and will use the following hashtags:
Facebook-Live – "Ask a Ranger!"Friday, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Minute Man’s Education Coordinator, Jim Hollister, goes live on Facebook to answer your questions about the start of the American Revolution! Submit your questions by email and Ranger Jim will address them live.
Battle Road Living History Impressions:
Daily through April 18th
“Paul Revere’s Ride” video montage
Saturday, April 18th
The Patriot Vigil
Saturday, April 18
You too can participate! On the night of Sunday, April 19th place a lit candle in a window or on a porch in remembrance of the April 19th dead and post a photo of it on Facebook with the hashtag #PatriotVigil.
Revolution In Real Time
10:00 p.m. April 18th - 6:00 p.m. April 19th
Two Towns and the Start of the American Revolution
The towns of Lexington and Concord are forever linked in American memory for the role their people played in the events of April 19, 1775. Park Ranger Jim Hollister will sit down (via video conference) with two expert historians to discuss the some of the dramatic history that unfolded within these communities in 1775.
11:00 a.m. Historian and author Alex Cain (“We Stood Our Ground: Lexington in the First Year of the American Revolution”) discusses the experience in the town of Lexington of the dire events of April 19, 1775 and the many consequences.
3:00 p.m. Historian and author JL Bell (“The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War”) will explore the gathering and stockpiling of military supplies in Massachusetts, with a particular focus on Concord, and the importance of artillery this revolutionary “arms race.”
Discovering Lexington’s Lost Battlefield
Monday, April 20th
Patriot's Day MemoriesMonday, April 20, ongoing throughout the day
Delving into Minute Man's photo archive, we will share various images and videos from Patriot's Days past. All are encouraged to post their photos and memories as well! Use the hashtag #PatriotsDayMemories
Last updated: April 16, 2020