► Parker’s Revenge
Lexington Minutemen gather on the Battle Green to reenact the second call to arms by Captain Parker, and hear words by the Reverend Jonas Clarke. The Minutemen will then march to the site of Parker’s Revenge, on Route 2A , for a wreath-laying and musket salute.
► Liberty Ride Tours
Lexington Visitors Center 1875 Massachusetts Ave.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A 90-minute trolley tour of Battle Road. Tickets required.
► Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House Minute Man National Historical Park, Lincoln
► Bloody Angle battle
Minute Man National Historical Park, Lincoln
300 Colonial and British reenactors demonstrate tactics used during the running fight as the redcoats returned to Boston on April 19, 1775, covering a half-mile between the “Bloody Angle” and the Samuel Hartwell House along Battle Road Trail.
► Parker’s Revenge battle
Visitor Center, Minute Man National Historical ParkLexington
The Lexington Training Band will demonstrate an ambush on the British column by Captain Parker’s Lexington militia company, taking revenge for earlier losses earlier that day.
► Tower Park battle
Tower Park, Massachusetts Avenue, Minute Man National Historical Park, Lexington
Reenactors simulate a Revolutionary War battle scenario.
► Lexington Symphony concert
Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
Special program celebrating American music and featuring professional soloists trained in Lexington High’s award-winning jazz program. Preconcert conductor’s talk with Jonathan McPhee at 7 p.m. $30-$50; students $20. Tickets at www.lexingtonsymphony.org ; 781-523-9009; and Crafty Yankee, 1838 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington.
► Preparations for war
Colonel James Barrett House, Barrett’s Mill Road, Concord
In 1775, Colonel James Barrett was responsible for safeguarding all the military supplies in Concord, and his house was searched by British soldiers. Visit the Barrett House and experience the intense military preparations that helped launch America into the Revolutionary War. Sit in on a Committee of Safety meeting, make artillery cartridges, learn the “new” military exercise, and share concerns with local citizens of 1775.
► Patriots Day Parade
The town, celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, holds its annual parade.
► Fife & Drum Music Festival
Pierce Park, 17 Weston Road, Lincoln
The Lincoln Minute Men host fife and drum groups from as far away as Michigan; bring a picnic and lawn chairs.
► Alarm and Muster
3 Bedford Road, Lincoln
An ancient Revolutionary War veteran reminisces about those fateful early hours of April 19, 1775; Captain William Smith raises the alarm; bells ring, drums roll, and the Lincoln Minutemen fall in to receive their orders to defend Concord. Then march with Minutemen to Pierce House for a firing demonstration.
► Colonial Music and Dance
Lexington Historical Society’s Colonial Singers
Depot Building, 13 Depot Square, Lexington
$5 adults, $3 children
A performance of authentic tunes, instrumentation, and dances from Colonial days.
► Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride
Hancock-Clarke House36 Hancock St., Lexington
Paul Revere rides through on horseback, alerting the townspeople of the imminent attack, in a reenactment by the Lexington Historical Society, Lexington Minutemen, and National Lancers organizations.
► Battle reenactment
Lexington celebrates the start of the American Revolution with a reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town’s militia and British regulars.
► Dawn Tribute and March
Bemis Hall15 Bedford Road, Lincoln
The Lincoln Minutemen will salute the patriots buried in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery. Roll call is read, fifers play a lament, and the muskets fire a volley. The Minutemen then march along Sandy Pond Road to Concord with Colonial music and musket fire. All ages welcome to walk along.
► North Bridge ceremony,Concord Patriots Day paradeContinued...