Massachusetts isn't the only New England state to celebrate the first battles of the Revolutionary War. In fact, Maine does too, and the town of Ogunquit makes a weekend out of it, and dresses it with the class it deserves. The Patriots Day Weekend Celebration runs from April 16-18 and begins on Friday night with a re-enactment of the Sons of Liberty Meeting at the Ogunquit Baptist Church. [The Sons of Liberty used to gather to air their grievances about the monarchy, so it ought to be lively and fun!] A fife and drum concert immediately follows playing traditional songs and instruments. The night ends with a reading from "Henry Wadsworth Longfellow'' and a re-enactment of Paul Revere's ride at 9 p.m. Keep in mind, all this is done in full historical dress.
Saturday includes an all-day craft bazaar, a historical treasure hunt, hay rides, and kids amusements and games. The day ends with two choices for dinner. The Taste of Downtown features several area restaurants serving up signature dishes, or visitors can dine with the Patriots at Clay Hill Farm, joining historical figures with a traditional 3-course 18th century meal. After dinner, join other revelers at Casino Night, an adults only event.
The weekend celebration ends on Sunday with amusements, crafts, games, fireman's cookout and Ogunquit Tea Party at the Beach starting at 3:30 p.m. Lay your blanket and watch the re-enactment of the iconic Boston Tea Party. There's much more to do and see too -- complete schedule is online.
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