The Alarm

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"The Alarm" at the Old Belfry, Belfry Hill Lexington, MA

The alarm calling the Minute Men to the Green to defend Lexington from the advancing British Redcoats is rung at 5:30am. In 1775, the Belfry was on the Green, but today it is located at the top of Belfry Hill at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Clarke Street. This is the start of the days activities and is soon followed by Minute Men coming out of Buckman Tavern where they had spent the night after Paul Revere’s warning about the approaching British. (Source: Lexington Historical Society)


See also: The History List Guide to Patriots' Day, including the complete list of activities before, during, and after Patriots' Day.