April 14, 2018

Patriots Day Events for 2018

Much of the information below was compiled and published by the Battle Road Organization on their site. The volunteers who compiled it deserve all of the credit for pulling it together and our thanks for bringing to life these events every year. The groups that make up the Battle Road Organization are listed below. We've updated links, added information from the National Park Service and others, and organized it in a way that to makes it easy for folks planning their outing. 

Additionally, J. L. Bell has a good write up on some of the events here and here on his outstanding site, Boston 1775.

The information below focuses mainly on activities in Lexington and Concord, if you are in another community that is holding Patriots Day events, send us a link to your event listing and we'll include that link on this page.  Also if you have questions, corrections, or suggestions, please send us a note. If you'd like to receive an easy-to-scan list of history events and exhibits throughout New England every week, subscribe here.

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April 14 — Saturday

→ Information on parking around Minute Man is at the bottom.

The "Battle Road" event will focus on Parker’s Revenge, near the Route 2A Visitors Center and the Whittimore House in Lexington.

  • Explore Bloody Angle – Starting at 10:30 am at Bloody Angle, Lincoln, MA. Parking at Hartwell Tavern parking lot.  A walking tour of Bloody Angle with park volunteer Ed Hurley as Edmund Forster.  See Events at Minuteman National Park for details.
  • Tough Ruck and Captain Brown’s Company of Minute Men - Starting at 7:00 am at The Old Manse field, adjacent to North Bridge. Military personnel marching in memory of our fallen soldiers. Come out and support our soldiers and veterans in this 26.2 mile hike along the historic Battle Road Trail. See Events at Minuteman National Park for details.
  • Caught in the Storm of War: Civilians of April 19th - From 9:30 am - 12:15 pm at  Captain William Smith House, Lincoln. Learn about the local civilians on April 19, 1775. Once the refugees leave the Smith house, you may encounter them along the Battle Road Trail heading towards Lexington and the Minute Man Visitor Center just prior the Parker’s Revenge Scenario.
  • Explore Bloody Angle – Starting at 10:30 am at Bloody Angle, Lincoln, MA. Parking at Hartwell Tavern parking lot.  A walking tour of Bloody Angle with park volunteer Ed Hurley as Edmund Forster.  See Events at Minuteman National Park for details.
  • Parker's March and Wreath laying:  The Lexington Minutemen are called to arms by Captain Parker at 9:30 am on Lexington Green, marching to the battle site for a noon ceremony at the Parker’s Revenge site.
  • 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps: 11:30 a.m., at the outdoor amphitheater. Listen to military music of the American Revolution and get into the spirit of Patriots’ Day! 
  • Parker’s Revenge Scenario: 1 pm.  A tactical scenario along the historical road near the Whittemore House with British and Colonial soldiers.  Contact: Lexington Minute Men or Minute Man National Historical Park.
  • Jason Russell House in Arlington will be open for tours from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Contact the Arlington Historical Society for further information.
  • Re-enactors assemble at Munroe Tavern from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Munroe Tavern, Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington.  British troops arrive on the retreat from Concord and occupy the Tavern, tending to their wounded and planning their next steps.  The Tavern will be open for tours.
  • Tower Park Battle from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Munroe Tavern and Tower Park on Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington. A battle in the American Revolution will be demonstrated for the public in this natural amphitheater site. Contact: Lexington Minutemen or the Tenth Regiment of Foot.

April 15 — Sunday

  • Jason Russell House Battle Re-enactment at noon: Battle Re-enactment open for house tours through the afternoon. Contact the Menotomy Minutemen or Arlington Historical Society.
  • Warlike Preparations and the Search of the Barrett Property at Colonel Barrett House from 1 to 4 pm:  Visit the Col. Barrett House, experience the intense military preparations and search by British soldiers that launched America into the Revolutionary War.  448 Barrett’s Mill Rd, Concord.  See Events at Minuteman National Park for details.
  • Lincoln Salute: Festival of 18th Century Fife & Drum Music Pierce Park, 17 Weston Road, Lincoln, MA  2:00 - 3:30 p.m. The Lincoln Minute Men host fife and drum groups from as far away as Michigan in a musical performance for your enjoyment. Stirring and fun. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs for rousing entertainment.
  • Robbins' Ride - The Acton Minutemen will portray the spreading of the alarm throughout Acton with a horse and rider galloping past the homes of Acton’s 4 militia leaders. At the historic Faulkner Homestead, Colonel Faulkner himself will fire 3 alarm shots into the air with his musket, and those shots will be repeated again and again off in the distance, illustrating how the alarm was spread.
    • 5pm at the Robbins' Home site - soccer fields at bottom of Concord Rd.
    • 5:20 at the Isaac Davis Homestead - 39 Hayward Road
    • 5:40 at the Faulkner Homestead - 5 High St. in So. Acton (corner of Rte. 27)
    • 5:55 at the Liberty Tree Farm - 24 Liberty St., also in So. Acton
  • Alarm & Muster at the White Church at 7 pm in Lincoln. Library lawn, opposite First Parish, 3 Bedford Road, Lincoln.
  • Old North Church in Boston at 8:30 pm: Lantern Lighting Service with Paul Revere and William Dawes.
  • Paul Revere Row at 7:00 pm at Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center. At 8:35 pm from Pier 1, witness the hanging of two lanterns atop Old North Church. Shortly after, witness Paul Revere being rowed across the harbor before riding off into the night for his famous ride. See Boston National Historical Park for more details.
  • Updated April 15 at 6:15 pm: Cancelled per Lexington Historical Society website—Paul Revere's Arrival in Lexington at 11:30 pm at the Hancock/Clarke House on Hancock Street, Lexington, MA, 1/8th mile west of Buckman Tavern and the Green. Contact: Lexington Historical Society

April 16 — Monday — Patriots Day observed 

Updated April 15 at 6:15 pm: There are several cancellations or changes due to the weather. Some are noted below. It's likely that several others have been cancelled or moved. It would be wise to check the websites or social media feeds of any organization whose event you're considering attending to double-check whether it's taking place. — Lee

Marching from other towns

  • Updated April 15 at 6:15 pm: Confirmed per comment on the Lexington Historical Society's Facebook pageStow @ 4:15 am: Stow Minutemen Patriots Day Trail March The Stow Annual Trail March and Parade starts from Stow Lower Common. The air is cool and quiet, but not for long as the sounds of the fifes and drums and the firing of the muskets awaken the townsfolk along the route. The Minutemen arrive at the North Bridge around 9 am then join up with the Concord parade. Contact: Stow Minutemen
  • Westford @ 4:45 am: Col. John Robinson Trail March Every year members of the Westford Colonial Minutemen walk the route travelled by the Westford militia and minute companies as they answered the alarm on April 19th, 1775. The public is in invited to join them in the 10-mile walk that ends at Concord's North Bridge.  Contact: Westford Minutemen.
  • Acton @ 6 am: Isaac Davis March to Concord at the Isaac Davis Homestead, 37 Hayward Road, Acton.
    The Acton Minutemen will make their annual march to the North Bridge in Concord, arriving at 9:00 am, where they will lead the fight against the British regulars across the Old North Bridge. Contact: The Acton Minutemen
  • Lincoln @ 6:40 am: Minute Men Dawn Tribute and the March to Concord outside Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln
    The Lincoln Minute Men will salute the patriots buried in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery. Roll call is read, fifers play a lament, minute men mysteriously emerge from the morning mists in the cemetery, and a musket salute is fired. The Minute Men begin their march along Sandy Pond Road.toward Concord with colonial music and musket fire. All ages welcome to walk along. The Concord Parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. Contact: Lincoln Minute Men
  • Boston @ 8:30 am: City Hall Plaza in Boston
    Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Patriots Day Parade, starting with a flag raising at City Hall Plaza, and proceeding to King's Chapel Burying Ground, where a wreath will be placed on the tomb of William Dawes, a member of this Company and its Clerk in 1789. The Company will then parade to the Old Granary Burial Ground and lay a wreath at the grave of Paul Revere. The parade continues to the Paul Revere Mall on Hanover Street in the North End.  The Company will escort His Honor Martin J.Walsh, Mayor of the City of Boston, during these ceremonies.
  • North End @ 10:20 am: Paul Revere Ride Reenactment
    The Massachusetts Lancers stage the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes. From their start in the North End near the Old North Church, each ride through Boston making stops along the way to greet people until they reach the Minute Men Statue at Lexington Green. See below for details from the National Lancers.

The Battle on Lexington Green—Updated April 15 at 8:30 pm: Confirmed per Lexington Minute Man site.

  • The Battle on Lexington Green at 5:30 am in Lexington Center.  This event recreates the historic skirmish in Lexington on the first day of the American Revolution. Following the ringing of the bell in the Old Belfry, members of the Lexington Training Band (now known as the Minutemen) gather on Lexington Green to await the column of British Regulars as they march into the town center. A shot rings out, the skirmish follows, and the British column marches on towards Concord leaving dead and wounded behind.  Contact: Lexington Minutemen.  Please see the Town of Lexington’s Schedule of Events for important details and restrictions on backpacks, large containers, and ladders. Rain date: Saturday, April 22

The Lexington Historical Society recommends arriving between 4 am and 5 pm: "The Battle Reenactment starts very early in the morning with the bell in the Belfry ringing at 5:30 am and the battle following at 6:00 am (the actual time the historic battle occurred). Plan to arrive between 4:00-5:00 am to pick a viewing spot." Their site has additional information on activities planned by the Society.

The March to Concord and Commemorations at North BridgePatriots Day at Minuteman National Park - North Bridge Ceremony - 2010

  • Updated April 15 at 6:15 pm: Cancelled per NPS website—Commemoration of the Battle at North Bridge from 8:00 am. The peace of the Concord countryside will once more be shattered musket fire as British and colonial reenactors, park rangers and volunteers commemorate the fateful morning of April 19, 1775 - the first time that colonists were ordered to fire upon British soldiers that became known as "the shot heard 'round the world." Contact: Minute Man National Historical Park

Community events throughout the day in Lexington and Concord

  • Pancake Breakfasts - in Lexington
    • St. Brigid Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 160. 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost.
    • First Baptist Church, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue (across from the police station). 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost..
    • Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street. 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Nominal cost.
  • Updated April 15 at 6:15 pm: Cancelled per Lexington town websiteLexington Sunrise Youth Parade - starting at 7:30 am at Munroe Cemetery driveway, Massachusetts Avenue.
    Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
  • Concord's Patriots Day Parade - starting at 9:00 am in Concord Center. Contact: Concord Chamber of Commerce via email or at 978 369-3120.
  • Lexington’s Patriots Day Road Race, starting at Lexington Green at 10:00 am.
  • Patriots' Day Handbell Concert of American Music - 11:15 am to 12 noon, Hancock Church, 1912 Mass Ave, Lexington (the stone church across from the Battle Green). You’ll find yourself swaying to upbeat music of America, including patriotic favorites, spirituals, ragtime, marches and more. The music is rung on 5 octaves of English handbells by ringers of all ages in a program that is light-hearted and family-friendly. Suggested donation is $3 per person. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Come sit down and enjoy this fun concert carefully timed to follow the morning Road Race. Contact: 781-862-4220 or handbells@hancockchurch.org.
  • Jason Russell House Open House from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact the Arlington Historical Society.
  • Paul Revere's Arrival at Lexington Green - 12:45 pm in Lexington center. See below for details of his ride from from Boston.
  • Lexington Patriots Day Parade - stepping off at 2:00 pm – Massachusetts Avenue through East Lexington and Lexington Center.

Paul Revere's Ride

  • North End around 10:20 am
  • Revere Park in Charlestown around 10:35 am
  • Foss Park in Sommerville at 11:20 am
  • Arlington Town Hall at 11:55 am
  • Arrives at the Gaffy Funeral Home in Medford at 12:00 pm
  • Paul Revere arrives at Lexington Battle Green at 12:45 pm

William Dawes' Ride

  • Arrives at John Eliot Square in Roxbury at 9:00 am
  • Departs John Eliot Square around 9:20 am
  • Arrives at the Edward Devotion House in Brookline at 10:05 am
  • Arrives at Hill Memorial Church in Allston at 10:35 am
  • Arrives in Cambridge at 11:05 am
  • Arrives at the Town Hall in Arlington at 12:05 pm
  • William Dawes arrives at Lexington Battle Green at 12:55 pm

April 18 - Wednesday

  • The Patriot Vigil, 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm at North Bridge, Concord. The evening ceremony will feature a lantern-light procession, poetry, music, and a recitation of the names of the Patriots who gave their lives on that “ever-memorable” 19th of April. Please note, if you would like to participate in the lantern procession at 7:50 p.m. please gather at North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St. Concord. We ask you bring your own enclosed candle lantern - no flashlights in the procession please.

April 19 — Thursday — The anniversary date

  • Sudbury March to Concord at 3:45 am in Wayland center and 5:45 am in Sudbury Center
    Show your fortitude and love of our history with this annual march through Wayland and Sudbury to Concord, arriving at the North Bridge at approximately 11:30 am. Contact: Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute
  • Dawn Salute at the North Bridge at 6:00 am at Minute Man National Historical Park, Monument Street, Concord. The Concord Minute Men, the Concord Independent Battery and the Old Guard Fifes and Drums observe the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War in a moving musket and cannon salute to America's past. Following this, join Park staff and volunteer for a wreath laying and historical speeches. Contact: Minute Man National Historical Park
  • Remembering the Ladies, 10:00 am (approximately) at North Bridge, Concord. In commemoration of the brave Daughters of Liberty, the Molly Cutthroats, a living history group dedicated to the role of women in the Revolution, will fire a ceremonial volley of musketry from North Bridge.
  • Arrival of the Sudbury MilitiaNorth Bridge, Concord11:30 a.m. (approximately).  The Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute will make their annual march to North Bridge from the Town of Sudbury, in honor of their fellow townsmen who made a similar march on April 19, 1775. They will fire three musket volleys from North Bridge as a soldierly salute.

April 21 — Saturday

  • After the Battle - The War Has Begun, from 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Hartwell Tavern, North Great Road, Lincoln. War between the people of Massachusetts and Governor Gage and the British regulars has just broken out. Thousands of men are preparing to leave home for the front lines around Boston. Whole communities are faced with numerous challenges demanded by this frightening new reality. Step back into the year of 1775 and get involved. Admission: Recommended donation: $5 per person, $10 per family. Children wearing a Junior Ranger badge will be admitted free.

April 22 — Sunday

  • Old Burial Ground Tribute, Lincoln, MA at 2:00 pm, the Lincoln Minute Men will assemble at the Pierce House and at 2:30 pm march to the Town Cemetery on Lexington Road. The Minute Men will be accompanied by clergy, honored guests, and a contingent of British Regulars accompanied by a bagpiper. There will be gravesite ceremonies honoring both the Lincoln patriots of the Revolution and the five British soldiers who were killed in Lincoln on April 19, 1775, and buried there. Following the ceremonies, the Minute Men and their guests will march back to the Pierce House, where refreshments will be served to all, courtesy of the Lincoln Historical Society. For further information, contact the Lincoln Minute Men at press@lincolnminutemen.org.

Parking

Based on recommendations of the National Park Service:


Parkers Revenge Saturday, April 14, 2018
Arrive at the Minute Man Visitor Center on Route 2A early by 10 am. The earlier you arrive, the better chance of finding a good spot close to or in the park. But, unless you park well outside of Minute Man Visitor Center, you will not be able to leave with your car for quite a while.
The demonstration takes place at 1:00 p.m., however, the Minute Man Visitor Center is open until 5:00 p.m. 

North Bridge Events on Monday, April 16, 2018
Arrive by 7:30 am; the earlier, the better. If you park in Concord Center, roads will close around 8:30 am and won't re-open until after the parade, sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 12 :00 p.m.  The reenactment takes place around 9:00 a.m.; the ceremonies and parade follow.


The Battle Road Organization

Thanks to all of the hardworking volunteers who make these events come to life every year, and as noted above, for compiling the information published above.

 

The photos were taken at Patriots Day events in 2010 by Lee Wright and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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