As Salem is to Halloween and Plymouth is to Thanksgiving, so too are Concord, Lexington, and neighboring towns to Patriots Day.
Take your pick of whether you want to observe Patriots Day with a military reenactment, a speech by Paul Revere, an afternoon of Colonial games, or a long walk in the footsteps of the Minutemen, but don’t miss out on the celebrations marking the day that started the country’s march to freedom.
Find out about different events in Lincoln, Acton, Lexington, and Concord here. Next
Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House Minute Man National Historical Park
Starting at 9:30 a.m., activities will include musket and cannon firing, battle demonstrations, Colonial life demonstrations, and family activities.
Bloody Angle battle
Minute Man National Historical Park, Lincoln
At 11 a.m. 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.
Fife & Drum Music Festival at Pierce Park
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. the Lincoln Minute Men will host fife and drum groups from as far away as Michigan; bring a picnic and lawn chairs.
Alarm and Muster
At the Library lawn
Starts at 7 p.m. 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.
Dawn Tribute and March
Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road
At 6:45 a.m.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.
Saturday, April 20
Battle Road Heroes
Hartwell Tavern, Minute Man National Park, 101 North Great Road
From 7 p.m to 8:30p.m. tours leave every 15 minutes from Hartwell Tavern parking area, led by members of the Guild of Historic Interpreters providing a mix of theater and history. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission: $5 per person, $10 per family. Children wearing a Junior Ranger badge may attend for free.
Sunday, April 21
Old Burial Ground Tribute
Pierce House, 17 Weston Road
March with the Lincoln Minutemen to the Old Burial Ground on Lexington Road for ceremonies honoring casualties on both sides. Reception at Pierce House at 4 p.m. hosted by the Lincoln Historical Society. Next
“Spirit of Acton 1775 & 1861”
Acton Historical Society, 472 Main St.
Patriots Day trolley rides to the Jonathan Hosmer House, Jones Tavern, and Faulkner Homestead, and . Enjoy a day filled with <music, games, crafts, animals, 18th- and 19th-century demonstrators, storytellers, and tours. Price includes all three houses and unlimited trolley rides. From 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $5. Next
Event begins at 10 a.m. 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. Following this event, The Minutemen will then march to the site of Parker’s Revenge, on Route 2A, near the Minute Man National Historical Park’s Visitor Center, for a wreath-laying and musket salute.
Liberty Ride Tours
1875 Massachusetts Ave
Event begins at 10 a.m. 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. Following this event, The Minutemen will then march to the site of Parker’s Revenge, on Route 2A ,near the Minute Man National Historical Park’s Visitor Center, for a wreath-laying and musket salute.
Parker’s Revenge battle
Visitor Center, Minute Man National Historical Park
At 2 p.m., 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 earlier that morning.
Tower Park battle
Tower Park, Massachusetts Avenue, Minute Man National Historical Park, 1200 Massachusetts Ave.
At 4 p.m. reenactors simulate a Revolutionary War battle scenario.
Lexington SymphonyPatriots Day concert
Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave.
Special program celebrating American music and featuring professional jazz soloists trained in Lexington High’s School’s award-winning jazz program. Preconcert conductor’s talk with Jonathan McPhee at 7 p.m. $30-$50; students $20. Ticketscan be purchased at www.lexingtonsymphony.org; 781-523-9009; and Crafty Yankee, 1838 Massachusetts Ave.
Patriots Day Parade
At 2 p.m. the town, celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, holds its annual parade.
Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride
Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock St.
Event begins at 11:30 p.m. 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.
At 5 a.m. Lexington celebrates the start of the American Revolution with a reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town’s militia and British regulars.
Lexington Historical Society guided house tours
Buckman Tavern (1 Bedford St.), Hancock-Clarke House (36 Hancock St.), and Munroe Tavern (1332 Mass. Ave.)
From 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Regular ticket pricing, available at any property, $12 adult and $8 child for all three houses.
Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square
From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Special showings on the hour of “First Shot! The Day the Revolution Began.” $3 for adults, $1 for children. Next
Preparations for war
Colonel James Barrett House, Barrett’s Mill Road, 448 Barretts Mill Rd.
From 1 to 4 p.m. 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.
North Bridge ceremony, Concord Patriots Day parade
North Bridge, Monument Street
Starting at 8:30 a.m. British reenactors will be joined by the Acton Minutemen and other local companies for a commemoration of the North Bridge fight. The Concord parade will arrive at North Bridge around 9:30 a.m.
Colonial Day festivities
Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd.
Special activities at the museum, which has many Patriots Day artifacts in its regular collection, include hands-on crafts, visits with living history characters, and presentations about powder horns, muskets, and the Revere “one if by land’’ lantern with a Colonial militiaman. At 1 p.m., the Middlesex County 4H Club’s Fife & Drum Corps performs. All activities are included with regular museum admission. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, April 19
North Bridge, Monument Street
At 5:45 a.m. the Concord Minutemen fire salutes from the hillside, and the Concord Independent Battery answer with volleys from the field at the Old Manse.
Arrival of the Sudbury Militia
North Bridge, Monument Street
At approximately 10:30 a.m. the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minutemen arrive at the North Bridge after marching from the neighboring town, and fire three musket salutes.
Saturday, April 20
Junior Ranger Day
Minute Man and North Bridge Visitor Centers, and Jacob Whittemore House, Minute Man National Historical Parkwww.nps.gov/mima
Take part in “Hat’s Off!” in the Reader’s Theater and a militia drill with wooden muskets. At the end of the day, participants can show their work to a park ranger to earn a badge. Event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Back to the beginning
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