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Patriots' Day Reenactment Schedule - 2019

Where to Experience Boston's Patriots' Day Events

Patriots Day schedule includes a Patriots Day Parade in Boston plus dozens of major re-enactments of the first day of the American Revolution as local Militia and Minute Men companies commemorate the events of April 19, 1775 in Boston, Lexington, Lincoln, Arlington, Bedford, and Concord.

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You'll be surprised by how realistic the reenactments feel as you relive the thrilling beginning of the Patriots' fight for freedom from British rule.

Although Massachusetts officially observes Patriots Day on the 3rd Monday in April (April 15 in 2019), commemorative ceremonies and re-enactments take place throughout the month. 

Thousands of members of local minute men companies, militias, and historical societies participate in the re-enactments in Boston, the Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord's Old North Bridge, Lexington's Battle Green, and other historic sites in the Boston area.

The following Patriots Day schedule highlights over 60 key events.  Many additional local events, parades, and ceremonies take place in and around Boston on Patriot' Day weekend.

Find out more about what happened on Patriots Day

Top Photo:  Reenactors marching toward Parker's Revenge site


Acton Minutemen in reenactment ceremony near Paul Revere Capture Site
Acton Minutemen in reenactment ceremony near Paul Revere Capture Site

We do our best to verify accuracy for all dates, times, and locations, but last minute changes do occur. 

Before heading out to any of these events, please be sure to use the links to information sources in the Essentials section to confirm dates/times

2019 Patriots' Day Schedule for Reenactments and Commemorations

Our Patriots' Day schedule lists events in the order of when they take place during the reenactment - which is not necessarily the same as the original sequence back in 1775.

Lots of different organizations and communities stage the reenactments in a variety of locations including Boston, Cambridge, Arlington, Medford, Lexington, Concord, and Lincoln, plus a few others. 

Reenactment of Paul Revere's stop in Medford on his ride to Concord
Reenactment of Paul Revere's stop in Medford on his ride to Concord

Events on Sunday, March 31 2019 (2 weeks before the official holiday weekend)

2pm, Dress Rehearsal of the Lexington Skirmish on April 19, 1775 - Location:  Battle Green, Lexington Center - The Lexington Minute Men hold their dress rehearsal for the Patriots Day (Monday, April 20) reenactment of the April 19, 1775 skirmish.  Good day to come if you want to see some action but avoid the bigger crowds.  Plus, the actual event on Patriots Day takes place at 5am - so opt for the dress rehearsal if you prefer to relive the experience at a more civilized hour.  Rain date:  April 6 at 2pm.

Events on Saturday, April 6 2019 (1 week before the official holiday weekend)

10:30am, Bedford Parade and Pole Capping - Location:  Wilson Park, 99 School Way, Bedford - Stow Minute Men, Acton Minutemen, Bedford Minuteman Company, and other Minute Men from throughout New England gather on the Town Common and march while playing fifes and drums down The Great Road to Wilson Mill Park, where a Minute Man will proclaim freedom by shinnying up a 25-foot pole and putting a red cap on top of it in defiance of King George.  You may get to see Redcoats attempt to arrest the pole climber - but chances are good they won't succeed!  The march ends about 11:30am.

1pm, Meriam's Corner Exercise - Location:  Meriam's Corner on Lexington Road, Concord - Minute Men from local and regional minute companies commemorate the fight at Meriam's Corner that began the Redcoats' 6-hour frantic running retreat back to Boston as they endured heavy fire from enraged Colonists along the way.  Back in 1775, the British withdrew from the North Bridge in Concord where they had skirmished with over 400 Minutemen, but by the time they arrived here at about 12:30pm, more than 1,100 Minutemen from over a dozen towns had gathered in the vicinity, ambushing the British along the way.  By the end of that first day, 49 Colonials and 73 British had been killed, with 173 wounded and missing.  In this reenactment, you'll hear musket and cannon fire, and fife and drum music.

3pm, Paul Revere Capture Ceremony - Location: Paul Revere Capture Site on Rt 2A, Minute Man National Historical Park (MMNHP), Lincoln - The Lincoln Minute Men will march down Battle Road and do a dramatic reading of Longfellow's poem to recount the events of the night of April 19, 1775, when British troops captured Paul Revere in Lincoln after his midnight ride from Boston.  Look for reenactors portraying Revere, Samuel Prescott, William Dawes, Mary Hartwell, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  You'll also hear fife and drum music, and a musket fire salute.

Lincoln Minute Men - Fife and Drum Corps
Lincoln Minute Men - Fife and Drum Corps

Saturday, April 13 - Patriots Day Weekend

9am-4pm - Battle Green Guided Tours, Lexington Green (Mass Ave, across from Town Library) - Guides in Colonial clothing provide free informal tours and information; check out the war memorial on the Green where 7 of the 8 Militia who died in battle on April 19th, 1775 are buried.  

Reenactor dressed as a Colonial woman
Reenactor dressed as a Colonial woman

9:30am, Parker's Revenge - Lexington Minutemen Gather on Lexington Green - Location: Lexington Green. - In this reenactment of an event that took place AFTER the Battle of Lexington was fought on the morning of April 19, 1775, Captain Parker calls the Lexington Minutemen to arms at on Lexington Green and talks with Reverend Jonas Clarke, at whose house Samuel Adams and John Hancock had been hiding (more about that).  The Minutemen then march to Fiske Hill in Minute Man National Park and continue on to the Parker's Revenge site on Route 2A in the Minute Man National Park for a wreath laying and musket salute that begins around 1pm-2pm near Fiske Hill in Lexington (see below).

The Minute Man National Historical Park hosts some of the biggest events of the weekend, including the Hartwell Tavern tours, Smith House demonstrations, and Bloody Angle demonstration activities listed below.  Plenty of well-marked parking is available in lots around the park and park rangers will be on hand to direct you, but wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. 

9:30am - 5:30pm, Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House (open until 12:15pm), "Life on the Battle Road - See where the Patriots spent their leisure time, and get a glimpse of what life was like in Massachusetts at the beginning of the American Revolution.  Both the tavern and the house date back to before 1775.  Program from 9:30am-12:15pm at Smith House (136 Great North Road, Lincoln) focuses on the experience of civilians on April 19, 1775.  Once they leave the house (12:15pm), you'll probably see them on Battle Road Trail walking toward Lexington and the Minuteman Visitor Center, where they arrive right before the Parker's Revenge Battle Reenactment.

9:30am - 4pm, Tours of historic Lexington sites:
Buckman Tavern (1 Bedford Street; self-paced audio tours), Hancock Clarke House (36 Hancock St; guide-led tours every half-hour starting at 10am), and Munroe Tavern (1332 Mass Ave, self-guided and guided tours starting at 12 noon)  Small admission fees apply; tickets available at each site.  Hours may vary slightly at each site.

10am-12 noon, 2pm-5pm, Whittemore House (Behind Minute Man Visitor Center, Route 2A, Lexington) - Costumed park volunteers will show you what life was like in 1775.  Kids can try on colonial children's clothing, gather ingredients for a meal, and listen to stories about the Whittemore family and their experience on April 19, 1775.

10:00am - Explore Bloody Angle with Edmund Foster, Reading Massachusetts Volunteer - This fascinating reenactment portraying Edmund Foster, a 1775 volunteer from Reading Massachusetts, includes a tour of this key 1775 battle site.

12 noon - Parker's Revenge Wreath Laying Ceremony - At the Parker's revenge site on Battle Road (Route 2A) near the Minute Man National Park Visitor Center.

1pm-3pm, Patriot Fife and Drum at Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, North End, Boston - Enjoy a concert of the lively music that colonists marched to during the Revolutionary War.   Small admission fee applies.  See the Paul Revere House website for more events during school vacation week.  

1:00pm, Parker's Revenge Battle Reenactment - Location: Battle Road Trail behind the Minute Man Visitor Center on Route 2A, Lexington; normally, the best place to park is at Minuteman Regional High School (758 Marrett Road, Lexington) but space is limited this year due to construction - Park staff will direct you to best parking and viewing areas.  After Captain Parker calls the Lexington Minutemen to arms earlier in the day on Lexington Green (see above), they march to the battle site for a salute near Fiske Hill (Lexington) at 1:30pm.  At 2pm, Captain Parker's Lexington militia recreates their ambush on a British column conducted in revenge for their members who the British killed and wounded during the Battle on Lexington Green on the morning of April 19, 1775.  This is one of the largest of the Patriots Day events, with hundreds of reenactors, horses, lots of muskets being fired, and plenty of battle action (photos on this page of reenactors on horseback are from this stirring event).

"Seeing how the Minute Men hid behind a hill and ambushed the British brought this moment in history to life!  The British reenactors looked totally scared.  They tried to shoot back - and then they ran for their lives!  Our photos in this article will give you a small glimpse of this exciting event." 

      ~ Olivia


1pm-4pm, Jason Russell House Tours
- Location: 7 Jason Street (at Mass Ave), Arlington - Children's activities and refreshments served on the lawn.  The Menotomy Minutemen will demonstrate drilling and musketry, and discuss their gear.  The house will be open for tours (donation requested).

3pm, Tower Park Fife and Drum Performance by the Third US Infantry Regiment, the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving the nation since 1784 - Location: Munroe Tavern and Tower Park, Mass Ave (opposite Pelham Road), Lexington

4pm-5pm, Tower Park Battle Demonstrations - Location: Munroe Tavern and Tower Park, Mass Ave (opposite Pelham Road), Lexington - Lexington Minute Men, Acton Minutemen, Tenth Regiment of Foot, and other reenactors demonstrate American Revolution battle techniques, tactics, and weapons including a working reproduction cannon in the amphitheater area. 

Colonial Reenactors mingle with spectators during a reenactment of a battle with the British as they fled back to Boston
Colonial Reenactors mingle with spectators during a reenactment of a battle with the British as they fled back to Boston

Essentials:  Patriots Day Logistics & Schedule

Parking:

  • Boston events - Parking garages near the North End - Better option: take the T to Haymarket
  • Concord, Lincoln, Lexington events - Parking areas are clearly marked near most of the major events.  If you're staying in Boston, you will need a car to get to these events - check out my recommendations for where to rent a car in Boston by the day or for just a few hours

Where to stay:
    Boston (close to North End events):         

    Concord/Lincoln/Lexington area:         

Patriots' Day schedule sources - Confirm dates/times (especially if you think weather conditions might cause last-minute changes) on these participants' websites:

  • Minute Man National History Park reenactments - Comprehensive list of Minute Man Park events, plus others in Concord and Lexington:  http://www.nps.gov/mima/patriots-day.htm
  • Paul Revere House events - Many interesting demonstrations, story telling sessions, and reenactments
  • Lexington events - Information from the Lexington Historical Society about events taking place in Lexington
  • Lexington Minute Men - Information from a volunteer group honoring America's Revolutionary history
  • Concord events - Information from the Concord Chamber of Commerce
  • Battle Road Events - Good source of Patriots' Day schedule information around Lexington and Concord - plus, if you need information, perhaps for a school project, about authentic British or Colonial uniforms and other clothing worn at the time of the Revolutionary War, this website links to some excellent sources
  • Paul Revere's ride re-enactment - Times and routes for the re-enactment of Paul Revere's ride by the National Lancers 1836
  • Arlington events - Partial list of Patriots' Day events in Arlington, MA:  www.arlingtonma.gov/parade
  • Jason Russell House (Arlington) events:  http://www.arlingtonhistorical.org
  • Stow Minutemen - If you want to learn about what Minutemen companies do, or find out about becoming a Minuteman (or Minutewoman), joining the fife and drum corps, or becoming a reenactor, check out this interesting website!
  • Acton Historical Society - Information about the Spirit of Acton 1775 & 1861 events and trolley
  • Tough Ruck - Information about the Tough Ruck march along Battle Road

Key addresses:

Minute Man Visitor Center - GPS address: 3113 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA.  Please note:  you can also reach it by parking in the lot near the Paul Revere Capture site (which is on the Lincoln side of the Lincoln/Lexington border) on Route 2A (also known as North Great Road) and walking east about 500 feet along the Battle Road Trail.  During Patriots Day events, you'll see plenty of signs directing where to park.

Costs:  Most events are free, but there are a few exceptions, as noted in event listings.

Sunday, April 14 - Patriots Day Weekend

Reenactors portraying British Redcoats as they began their retreat back to Boston from Concord
Reenactors portraying British Redcoats as they began their retreat back to Boston from Concord

7am - Tough Ruck - Military personnel in partnership with the Boston Athletic Association (Boston Marathon organizers) will march for 26.2 miles along the Battle Road Trail in memory of our fallen soldiers.  "Step off" is at the Old Manse field, next to the North Bridge.  Come out and support them!  Captain David Brown's Company of Minute Men will fire a musket volley at the start of the march.  More info: Tough Ruck website

9am-4pm - Battle Green Guided Tours, Lexington Green (Mass Ave, across from Town Library) - See description for Saturday.

9:30am - 4pm, Tours of historic Lexington sites:
Buckman Tavern (1 Bedford Street; self-paced audio tours), Hancock Clarke House (36 Hancock St; guide-led tours every half-hour starting at 10am), and Munroe Tavern (1332 Mass Ave, self-guided and guided tours starting at 12 noon)  Small admission fees apply; tickets available at each site.  Hours may vary slightly at each site.

Reenactors taking part in Patriots Day ceremony in Arlington, formerly called Monotomy
Reenactors taking part in Patriots Day ceremony in Arlington, formerly called Menotomy, where the heaviest fighting and greatest number of casualties occurred on the first day of the Revolutionary War

12 noon - 12:30pm - Battle at Jason Russell House - Location: 7 Jason Street (at Mass Ave), Arlington - Menotomy Minutemen, Danvers Alarum Company and Gardner's Regiment, and Acton Minutemen will reenact the Jason Russell House battle at historic Jason Russell House, built in 1740 and the site of the bloodiest fight of the first day of the American Revolution after the retreating Redcoats tried to ransack the house on their way back to Boston.  A dozen Colonials, including 59-year-old Jason Russell, and two British were killed during the ensuing battle.  You can still see bullet holes throughout the house.  House will be open for tours from 10:30am - 4pm, except for when the battle takes place.

2pm - Arlington Patriots Day Parade - Starts at Mass Ave and Brattle Street, and marches east along Mass Ave to Walgreens in East Arlington - Bands, fire engines, and many minute men, militia, and community groups march in the parade.

1pm-4pm, War Preparations at Barrett Farm; at about 3pm, British soldiers arrive for the Search of the Barrett Property - How did the Colonists begin to prepare for war against the British?  In this fascinating glimpse into Colonel James Barrett's home, you'll be transported back to 1775 as you see the intense preparations as Colonel Barrett fulfilled his duties in safeguarding all of Concord's military supplies, even though the Redcoats search his house.  You can join the reenactment as you help make artillery cartridges, practice a new military exercise, and help hide the military supplies.  British soldiers arrive at about 3pm.  Location:  448 Barrett's Mill Road, Concord.7pm, "House of Hancock" - Location:  Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square - History at Play presents a revolutionary musical about the life of John Hancock and with the thrill of Broadway's Hamilton.  Admission tickets available at Buckman Tavern.

7pm - 8pm, Alarm and Muster of Lincoln Minute Men - Location:  Lincoln Public Library, 3 Lincoln Road, Lincoln - The Lincoln Company of Minute Men reenact events that happened just after midnight in the early morning of April 19, 1775, including the arrival of Captain William Smith by horseback to ring the bell in the White Church to warn the Colonists that the British Regulars are coming.  The event includes historical explanations, period music, a musket salute, and of course, the reenactment. 

8pm, Lantern Lighting Service at Old North Church - Location:  Old North Church, Boston's North End - The Lantern Ceremony commemorates the hanging of lanterns to signal the British route to Concord, and includes a reading of Longfellow's poem Paul Revere's Ride, a recitation of Paul Revere's own account of the ride, fife and drum music, a Color Guard from the USS Constitution, and the commemorative hanging of two lanterns in the Old North Steeple.  The National Lancer Troops and reenactors portraying Paul Revere and William Dawes arrive at Old North Church at about 8:30pm and for the Lighting Ceremony.  Revere and Dawes ride on horseback by the Old North Church, and then begin their "midnight journey" with their warnings about the British.  Limited space - Tickets required: http://oldnorth.com, 617-523-6676 x105  

11:30pm - Paul Revere, and William Dawes reenactors arrive at Hancock-Clarke House - Location:  Lexington. Admission is free this year, thanks to Cambridge Savings Bank.

British Reenactors firing their muskets after being ambushed by Colonials during a portrayal of the Redcoats' retreat back to Boston
British Reenactors firing their muskets after being ambushed by Colonials during a portrayal of the Redcoats' retreat back to Boston

Need a Refresher in Boston History?

Check out Boston Discovery Guide's articles about events leading up to the Revolutionary War:

See the Real Places - Explore Boston's Freedom Trail

Monday, April 15 - Official Patriots' Day Holiday

4:30am, March to Concord from Stow Reenactment - The Stow Minute Men gather at Stow Shopping Plaza at 4:15 and then march at 4:30am from Stow Lower Common to Old North Bridge, firing muskets and playing fifes and drums along the way to awaken the townsfolk, arriving in Concord about 9am and then joining the parade.  The Stow Minute Men invite the public to join them on their march.  More about the Stow Minutemen

4:45am, Colonel John Robinson Trail March Reenactment - The Westford Colonial Minutemen reenact the 10-mile march made by the Westford militia and minute companies from Westford Town Common to Old North Bridge, where they join the Patriots' Day Parade.  They invite the public to join them for the walk, which reaches Concord at about 8am-9am.  If you decide to do this, make sure you have a ride back, bring plenty of water and snacks, and wear appropriate clothing (does not have to be colonial), as this march occurs rain (except perhaps during torrential downpours) or shine.   Check the Westford Colonial Minutemen website for possible updates, especially in the case of heavy rain.

5:30am, "The Alarm" at the Old Belfry (Mass Ave and Clarke Street next to Battle Green, Lexington) - The Belfry that you can see today is an exact replica of the one that stood on Lexington Common in 1775 and that was rung at dawn on April 19 to alert to Minute Men to come to the Common because British troops were heading toward Concord.  Come ring the bell yourself to call the Minute Men from Buckman Tavern where they spent the night after hearing Paul Revere's warning about the approaching British.  This marks the start of Lexington's historic Patriots' Day reenactment each year. (Rain date:  Saturday, March 21, 5:30am)

5:30am, Battle on Lexington Green - Reenactment of the battle on Lexington Green (near Lexington Center) as the British Regulars passed through on their way to Concord, leaving dead and wounded behind on this first day of the American Revolution.  Eight members of the Colonial militia were killed on the Battle Green during the "skirmish," as the British called it.  Features the Lexington Militia and British regulars. Note:  The actual battle on April 19, 1775 started at 4:30 pm, but the reenactment is pushed back by an hour.  Arrive early (4am-5am) to get a good viewing location.  Please note:  If you attend this event, the Lexington Police Department requests you use clear or mesh bags to carry large personal items, and please limit the use of backpacks and large containers.  (Rain date in case of severe weather:  Saturday, April 20, 5:30am).

At 5:45am on the Green, the Lexington Minute Men Company provides a 10-minute explanation about what you'll see as the battle unfolds.

At 6am, you'll begin to hear the Redcoats coming from the east side of the Green, and the Patriots coming from Buckman Tavern (that's the yellow building across the street from the Green).  Basically, the Patriots, led by Captain John Parker, block the path of the British.  Major Pitcairn, leader of the British troops, swings his sword and says, "Lay down your arms, you damned rebels" - and the war begins with the "shot heard 'round the world," - and many more following it, leaving 8 Minute Men dead and 10 wounded.  The British continue on toward Concord.

5:50am, Acton Minutemen March to Old North Bridge - The Acton Minutemen start their annual reenactment march from the Isaac Davis homestead at 39 Hayward Road in Acton to Concord's Old North Bridge, where the British troops shot and killed Acton Minutemen members Isaac Davis, Abner Hosmer, and company fifer Luther Blanchard on April 19, 1775.  The Minutemen will fire muskets at 6:20am as part of a ceremony at the Isaac Davis Monument across from Acton Town Hall, and then join other Minutemen companies and Militias in the 7-mile march to North Bridge, arriving about 9am for the battle reenactment.  The Acton Minutemen invite the public to join them in their march from Acton to Concord.  More about the Acton Minutemen

6am-10am - Pancake Breakfasts in Lexington - Locations:  St Brigid's Church (2001 Mass Ave), First Baptist Church (1580 Mass Ave), Church of Our Redeemer (6 Meriam St) - Like all important events in New England, the Battle of Lexington Reenactment will be followed by delicious reasonably-priced pancake breakfasts.  Whether you are a visitor or local, do not miss this quintessential New England experience.  All proceeds go to benefit Lex-RAP (Lexington Refugee Assistance Program).

6am - 5pm - Lexington Visitor's Center (1875 Mass Ave, across from the town Library) will be open if you need a tour brochure, map, or directions to historical sites and events.  Public restrooms.

7:30am - Sunrise Youth Parade - Mass Ave in Lexington, from Munroe Cemetery through Lexington Center to Battle Green (near the town Library).

8am - 2pm, Tours of historic Lexington sites:
Buckman Tavern (1 Bedford Street; self-paced audio tours and guided tours, starts at 6am), Hancock Clarke House (36 Hancock St; guide-led tours every half-hour), and Munroe Tavern (1332 Mass Ave, self-guided and guided tours).  Small admission fees apply; tickets available at each site. 

8am - First Shot! The Day the Revolution Began - Location:  13 Depot Square, Lexington - Orientation film about the Battle of Lexington, followed by Q&A session with reenactors.  Tickets sold at door - $3 adults/$1 child; showings repeat each hour on the hour.

Between 8am and 8:45am until about 9:25am - Commemoration of the Battle at North Bridge, Concord - British and Colonial reenactors from Acton and other local companies, park rangers, and volunteers reenact the battle between the British and Provincial forces at Old North Bridge on April 19, 1775 followed by ceremonial volleys from 80+ muskets.   (Please note - different sources give different start times for this event - so to be safe, be there at 8am)

8:15am - Patriots Day Ceremonies - Battle Green (Mass Ave at Bedford St), Lexington

8:30am (approximately), British Mourn Arms Ceremony - Location: Old North Bridge, Concord - British reenactors representing British Regulars will conduct a moving "mourn arms" ceremony to commemorate the British soldiers from the King's Own 4th Regiment of Foot who died in the skirmish at Old North Bridge. The Acton Minutemen and other local companies will join them for a special commemoration with musket salutes, and at around 9:30am, the Concord Parade will arrive at Old North Bridge.

8:30am - Concord - All vehicle traffic is banned on all roads in Concord Center.

9am, Concord's Patriots' Day Parade - Concord Center - Huge parade includes all the Minute Men and Militias from Concord, Wayland, Acton, Westford, Sudbury, Lincoln, and many other communities west of Boston that converged on Concord in 1775.  It also includes musicians, color guards, and visiting local, state, U.S., and foreign dignitaries with ties to Concord.  The parade covers about 2.5 miles total, and occurs regardless of how bad the weather may be.  Begins in Concord Center, passes over North Bridge at about 9:30, and then heads back into town.  Times are always approximate, especially if the weather is bad. 

2019 marks the 243rd Reenactment of the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, and the 244th anniversary of the actual event.

Read Longfellow's famous poem about Paul Revere's ride.

9am, Patriots Day Parade in Boston featuring Paul Revere's Ride - City Hall Plaza to "The Prado" on Hanover Street in Boston's North End  - After a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, the parade stops at King's Chapel Burying Ground to lay a wreath on the tomb of Major William Dawes, who was a member of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of the Massachusetts Militia, and continues to Granary Burying Ground to lay a wreath at the grave of Paul Revere.  The parade continues to the Paul Revere Mall (aka "The Prado") in the North End, where members of the National Lancers, a volunteer cavalry troop dating back to 1836 and today a ceremonial unit of the Massachusetts Militia, portraying Paul Revere and William Dawes begin their horseback rides through Boston and the countryside to Lexington Green.

Patriots Day Parade Route through Boston

The Patriots Day Parade starts at Boston's City Hall Plaza, marches from Cambridge Street to Kings Chapel Burying Ground and Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street, turns left onto Bromfield Street, makes another left onto Washington Street, and then turns right onto State Street.  The parade then turns left onto Congress Street, right onto Hanover, and proceeds to the Paul Revere Mall (famous for its magnificent of Paul Revere on horseback with the Old North Church in the background).

Keep in mind that many streets will be closed and normal traffic patterns disrupted due to this parade as well as the Boston Marathon and other Patriots Day festivities - so take public transportation!  Find tips about taking public transportation on Patriots Day/Marathon Monday here.


9am, William Dawes' Ride - Eliot Square, Roxbury to Lexington - William Dawes, also portrayed by a Royal Lancer, arrives at John Eliot Square in Roxbury at 9:00am and leaves at 9:20am to warn the Colonists.  He arrives at Brookline's Devotion School (10:05am), Hill Memorial Church in Allston at 10:35am, arrives in Cambridge at 11:05am, and Arlington Town Hall on Mass Ave (12.05pm); arrives at Lexington Green at about 12:55pm.

10:30am, Lexington Minute Men/Daughters of the American Revolution 109th Wreath Laying Ceremony - Takes place at several of the war monuments scattered around Battle Green, Lexington.

10:20am, Paul Revere's Ride - North End, Boston to Lexington - Paul Revere leaves on horseback (around 10:20am) on a reenactment of his famous midnight horseback ride across the countryside to warn Samuel Adams and others that the British troops were on their way, stopping along the way at Charlestown's City Square (10:35am), Somerville's Foss Park (11:20am), and at Arlington Town Hall on horseback at 11:55pm.  He arrives at Gaffy Funeral Home in Medford at 12 noon, and at Lexington Battle Green (Mass Ave) at about 12:45pm.  Please note:  the Arlington Historical Society places Dawes' and Revere's arrival at Arlington Town Hall at 11am.

Source for Paul Revere and William Dawes ride reenactments: National Lancers website - please note that times often vary due to conditions along the way.

11:15am-Noon, Patriots' Day Handbell Concert of American Music at Hancock Church (1912 Mass Ave, Lexington - the stone church across from Battle Green).  Features upbeat American music rung on 5 octaves of English handbells.  Suggested donation of $3/person.  More info: 781-862-4220.

1pm-3pm, Jason Russell House Battle Open House - Location: 7 Jason Street (at Mass Ave), Arlington - The Menotomy Minutemen demonstrate drilling and musketry, and discuss their gear.  The house will be open for tours (donation requested).

2pm, Town of Lexington Patriot's Day Parade - Location:  Starts at Massachusetts Avenue and Maple Street in East Lexington, proceeds through Lexington Center, and ends on Worthen Road by the town swimming pool parking lot.

Reenactor portraying a Colonial woman with two young daughters during Patriots Day celebration
Reenactor portraying a Colonial woman with two young daughters during Patriots Day celebration

Thursday, April 17 -  In Commemoration of April 19, 1775

7:50pm Patriot Vigil - Begins with a Lantern Light Procession from North Bridge Visitors Center at the Minute Man National History Park in Concord to North Bridge (if you want to participate, please bring your own enclosed candle lantern; no flashlights allowed).

8pm - 8:45pm - Patriot Vigil Ceremony at North Bridge - A reflection on the meaning of liberty.  Features poetry, music, and a recitation of the names of the soldiers who gave their lives for American liberty on 19th of April, 1775.

Friday, April 18

Most of these events take place each year on April 19, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls, in commemoration of the events that occurred on April 19, 1775 - the first day of the American Revolution.

4am (Wayland Center) and 5:30am (Sudbury Center), March to Concord from Wayland Reenactment - The Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute reenact the historic march on April 19, 1775, from Wayland (which used to be called Sudbury) and then from Sudbury to Old North Bridge in Concord, where they arrive at approximately 11:30am and then fire a musket salute from the bridge.  They welcome you to join them or just watch them - but do note the times; also please note that you cannot fire your musket (or anything else) from North Bridge unless you've previously been vetted.  For more information, check the Sudbury Minute Men website.

6:00am, Dawn Salute at the North Bridge - Location:  North Bridge, Monument Street, Concord - Concord Minute Men, Acton Minutemen, and Concord Independent Battery give a 21-gun musket and cannon salute to honor the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War.  Followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.

11:30am (approximately), Arrival of the Sudbury Militia and Minutemen at North Bridge - The Sudbury Militia make their annual march to North Bridge from the Town of Sudbury.  Once they arrive at North Bridge, they will fire 3 musket volleys as a soldierly salute in honor of their townsmen of 1775 who made a similar march on April 19.

1pm-3pm, The British Redcoat, Minute Man Visitor Center - A Park Ranger presents a 20-minute program on the experiences of British soldiers in 1775, and concludes with a musket-firing demonstration.

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