Monday April 16 is Patriot’s Day in Mass which is a legal holiday and a time for patriotic celebrations including parades and historical re-enactments. Patriot's Day is also a great time for a Boston Day Trip.
Here in Mass it has been 235 years since that infamous “Shot heard‘round the world.” However, celebrations of the revolutionary war are still going strong in Mass. In fact, each year there are more activities and events that commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord.
History of Patriot's Day in Mass?
Patriots Day, was “established in 1969 to commemorate the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War,” according to the Massachsuetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT).
Patriot’s Day occurs on the third Monday in April. Celebrations usually begin on the weekend before the Monday holiday and continue throughout the week, which is also April vacation for the public schools in Mass.
Patriot's Day festivities in Mass
Festivities included “parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies in Boston, Lexington, Concord and surrounding towns,” according to the MOTT.
The towns of Lexington and Concord are dressed up this weekend in red, white and blue bunting and American flags in anticipation of Monday’s Patriot’s Day events and activities. Visitors are touring the two towns to take in a bit of history and some wonderful spring weather, with colorful flowers and trees in bloom.
Here are some events in Lexington and Concord that are well worth a Boston Day Trip during the Patriots’s Day holiday of 2012
Patriot’s Day begins early in Lexington, Mass
- Lexington Battle Reenactment and Parade at Lexington Green 5:30 a.m.
- The Town of Lexington will commemorate the first shots of the American Revolution with a reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town's militia and the British regulars.
- Later in the day, starting at 2PM, the popular Lexington Patriot’s Day Parade winds its way along along Mass Avenue in downtown Lexington
Patriot’s Day in Concord, Mass
- British "Mourn Arms" Ceremony, Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight, and Concord Parade, North Bridge, Concord 8:30 a.m.
- British reenactors will conduct "Mourn Arms" ceremony in honor of the British dead, buried at North Bridge.”
- After the ceremony, they will be joined by the Acton Minutemen and other local companies for a special commemoration featuring musket salutes.
- The Concord Patriot’s Day Parade will arrive at North Bridge around 9:30 a.m.
For more information about Patriot’s Day events and activities in Lexington and Concord visit the National Parks Service website and The Battle Road website