Stay Alfred’s Guide to Patriots’ Day

Join us for this all American holiday in Boston! 

On April 18th, Boston will be in a flurry of excitement over Patriots’ Day, a statewide holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

For those who don’t quite remember their U.S. history, the Battles of Lexington and Concord (fought on April 19th, 1775) started the Revolutionary War that led to American independence from Great Britain. 

Held on the third Monday of every April, Patriots’ Day is celebrated with historical reenactments, museum events, parades, and the world-famous Boston Marathon. Patriots’ Day is a big deal- in Massachusetts and Maine, most state, county, and municipal offices are closed to celebrate this holiday that stands in honor of those who helped make our country the independent nation that it is today.

Reenactment of The Battle of Lexington
Reenactment of The Battle of Lexington, Photo by City of Boston Archives via Flickr

Reenactments: Want to see a live action performance of what the “shot heard ‘round the world” might have looked like? Every year, thousands of onlookers gather to the town of Lexington to view a reenactment of the first shots of the Revolutionary War. This year, this exciting event will take place on April 18th on the Lexington Green of Minute Men National Park. Hundreds of actors in historically accurate costumes will be battling it out just like back in 1775- you’ll forget for a moment that it’s 2016.

Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon, Photo by Peter Farlow via Wikipedia

Sports: Some of the world’s most passionate and elite runners will gather at the Boston Marathon on April 18th to challenge themselves on this legendary 26 mile long route that covers both city and difficult terrain. While skilled athletes will finish the race in a few hours, those who join for the fun of it will take a more casual pace. Despite the tragic bombings that occurred almost three years ago in 2013, Boston’s pride and spirit for this traditional event is stronger than ever.

Fenway Park
Fenway Park, Photo by Werner Kunz via Flickr

On the same day, the traditional Patriots’ Day Boston Red Sox home game will be drawing a crowd at Fenway Park. This year, The Red Sox will be up against the Toronto Blue Jays. Near Boylston Street around Fenway Park, you’ll be able to see runners crossing the Boston Marathon finish line.

Patriots' Day Parade
Patriots’ Day Parade, Photo by S Pakhrin via Wikipedia

Parties & Parades, Patriot Style: Two different parades will take place on Monday, April 18th- one in Lexington, and one in Concord. At Lexington, the 2.5 mile parade will start at City Hall. At Concord, the parade will start at North Bridge and feature both British and American actors. A special North Bridge musket salute to honor fallen soldiers will take place around 8:30 to 9:30 AM.

Patriot’s Day in Boston isn’t just celebrated with traditional events. Even if none of the history or sports related events suit your fancy, there are numerous other ways to enjoy this unique holiday. Many folks enjoy watching the view of the Boston Marathon from a bar located along the marathon path.

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