Patriots' Day

Colonial militiamen stand in line in a wooded landscape and fire their muskets
Battle Road 2022

Nadia Peatie

What is Patriots' Day?

Patriots' Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts commemorating the first battle of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. Although Patriots' Day occurs annually on the third Monday of April, Minute Man National Historical Park host special programs and events throughout the month. The following is a schedule of our signature Patriots' Day events for 2023.

Signature events at Minute Man National Historical Park include:


Meriam's Corner Exercise

Saturday, April 8, 2023
Meriam's Corner
1:00 - 2:00 pm

The Town of Concord, joined by local fife and drum ensembles, minute men and the Concord Independent Battery commemorate the fighting that occurred at Meriam's Corner on April 19, 1775. The Nathan Meriam House will be open 11am- 2pm.

Meriam's Corner Lot: 751 Lexington Road, Concord, Ma.

Paul Revere Capture Ceremony

Saturday April 8, 2023
Paul Revere Capture Site
3:00-4:00 pm

The Lincoln Minute Men, joined by other reenactment units, observe the historic capture of Paul Revere with historic music and a musket fire salute.

Paul Revere Capture Site: 180 North Great Road, Lincoln, Ma
Minute Man Visitor Center: 210 North Great Road, Lincoln, Ma

Battle Road

Saturday, April 15, 2023
Minute Man National Historical Park

This is the signature living history event at Minute Man National Historical Park, featuring hundreds of volunteer reenactors. Learn about the events of April 19, 1775 from many points of view through a full schedule of living history programs and demonstrations, including a fast-paced tactical demonstration along a restored stretch of the original Battle Road! Talk with volunteers portraying colonial civilians forced to leave their homes, minute men who answered the sudden call to arms, British soldiers fighting for king and country and Loyalists who saw the struggle differently from their neighbors. For the event schedule and other Information Click Here.

The Search of the Barrett Farm

Sunday, April 16, 2023
Colonel James Barrett House
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Visit the home of Colonel James Barrett and talk with costumed park rangers and volunteers about colonial military preparations.

Barret House: 448 Barrett's Mill Road

North Bridge Fight Commemoration

Monday, April 17, 2023
North Bridge, Concord
8:30 am

Commemorate Patriot's Day with a dramatic tactical demonstration involving Colonial minute men, British regulars, and musket fire, marking the "shot heard round the world."

*Please note the roads in Concord close near 8:30 am and remain closed until the ceremony and parade conclude.

North Bridge Visitor Center:
174 Liberty Street, Concord, Ma
North Bridge Parking Lot: 280 Monument Street, Concord, Ma

Patriot Vigil

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
North Bridge, Concord
7:45 pm

As darkness descends upon the North Bridge battlefield we invite you to come and reflect on the events of April 19, 1775 and the meaning of liberty. The evening ceremony will feature a lantern-light procession, poetry, music, and a recitation of the names of the soldiers who gave their lives on that “ever-memorable” 19th of April.

*To participate in the lantern-light procession, please provide your own REAL candle lantern. The procession will begin at North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty Street, Concord MA. From there we will march down the quarter-mile path to the North Bridge where the ceremony will take place. Participants are welcome to wear 18th century clothing if they choose, but please do not bring muskets.

North Bridge Visitor Center: 174 Liberty Street, Concord, Ma
North Bridge Parking Lot: 280 Monument Street, Concord, Ma

Battle Road Anniversary Hike

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Meriam's Corner, Concord
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On April 19, 2022 Join National Park Rangers for an immersive 5-mile guided Battle Road trail hike. From Meriam’s Corner to Fiske Hill, follow in the footsteps of the ill-fated British column during the 248th anniversary of the Concord expedition. This experiential program will bring the stories of the battle road to life through guided interpretation and immersive Living History elements. Learn about the trials and triumphs of those who experienced the bloody events of April 19, 1775.

Registration will open on March 25, 2023 at 10:00 a.m., please check the Friends of Minute Man Page here for a registration link.

Program Logistics:

  • Program begins at 12:00. Conclusion at approximately 5:00 p.m. at Fiske Hill in Lexington, Massachusetts. Once registered, participants will receive additional details in a confirmation email.
  • This program is free of charge, although registration is required if you would like to reserve a limited seat on the post-program shuttle bus returning participants from Fiske Hill to Meriam’s Corner.
  • Be advised this program will be an expansive hike over 5-miles of Battle Road Trail on undulating terrain. Sturdy walking shoes/ equipment, weather appropriate clothing, and water are recommended. Park comfort stations at Meriam’s Corner, Hartwell Tavern, and the Minute Man Visitor center will be open.
  • Be advised bug spray is recommended
  • Be advised this program will feature musket fire along with other immersive living history elements.
  • Dogs are not permitted on this tour.
Parking passes for the Meriam's Corner Lot will be provided to only pre-registered participants.

For those not registered on the shuttle bus, all other Minute Man NHP lots will be available. Be aware those not registered for the shuttle will be responsible for returning to their own vehicles. The distance from the Wood Street lot on Fiske Hill to Meriam's Corner is approximately 5 Miles, one direction.

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Last updated: March 21, 2023

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