A wide variety of Patriots Day Events


Parker’s Revenge

Lexington Green


10 a.m.


Lexington Minutemen gather on the Battle Green to reenact the second call to arms by Captain Parker, and hear words by the Reverend Jonas Clarke. The Minutemen will then march to the site of Parker’s Revenge, on Route 2A , for a wreath-laying and musket salute.

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Liberty Ride Tours

Lexington Visitors Center 1875 Massachusetts Ave.


10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A 90-minute trolley tour of Battle Road. Tickets required.


Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House Minute Man National Historical Park, Lincoln


Starting at 9:30 a.m., activities will include musket and cannon firing, battle demonstrations, Colonial life demonstrations, and family activities.

Bloody Angle battle

Hartwell Tavern

Minute Man National Historical Park, Lincoln



11 a.m.

300 Colonial and British reenactors demonstrate tactics used during the running fight as the redcoats returned to Boston on April 19, 1775, covering a half-mile between the “Bloody Angle” and the Samuel Hartwell House along Battle Road Trail.

Parker’s Revenge battle

Visitor Center, Minute Man National Historical Park


2 p.m.

The Lexington Training Band will demonstrate an ambush on the British column by Captain Parker’s Lexington militia company, taking revenge for earlier losses earlier that day.

Tower Park battle

Tower Park, Massachusetts Avenue, Minute Man National Historical Park, Lexington


4 p.m.

Reenactors simulate a Revolutionary War battle scenario.

Lexington Symphony concert

8 p.m.

Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington


Special program celebrating American music and featuring professional soloists trained in Lexington High’s award-winning jazz program. Preconcert conductor’s talk with Jonathan McPhee at 7 p.m. $30-$50; students $20. Tickets at www.lexingtonsymphony.org ; 781-523-9009; and Crafty Yankee, 1838 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington.


Preparations for war

Colonel James Barrett House, Barrett’s Mill Road, Concord


1-4 p.m.

In 1775, Colonel James Barrett was responsible for safeguarding all the military supplies in Concord, and his house was searched by British soldiers. Visit the Barrett House and experience the intense military preparations that helped launch America into the Revolutionary War. Sit in on a Committee of Safety meeting, make artillery cartridges, learn the “new” military exercise, and share concerns with local citizens of 1775.

Patriots Day Parade

Lexington Center

2 p.m.

The town, celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, holds its annual parade.

Fife & Drum Music Festival

Pierce Park, 17 Weston Road, Lincoln


2-3:30 p.m.

The Lincoln Minute Men host fife and drum groups from as far away as Michigan; bring a picnic and lawn chairs.

Alarm and Muster

3 Bedford Road, Lincoln


7 p.m.

An ancient Revolutionary War veteran reminisces about those fateful early hours of April 19, 1775; Captain William Smith raises the alarm; bells ring, drums roll, and the Lincoln Minutemen fall in to receive their orders to defend Concord. Then march with Minutemen to Pierce House for a firing demonstration.

Colonial Music and Dance

Lexington Historical Society’s Colonial Singers

Depot Building, 13 Depot Square, Lexington


$5 adults, $3 children

8 p.m.

A performance of authentic tunes, instrumentation, and dances from Colonial days.

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

Hancock-Clarke House
36 Hancock St., Lexington


11:30 p.m.

Paul Revere rides through on horseback, alerting the townspeople of the imminent attack, in a reenactment by the Lexington Historical Society, Lexington Minutemen, and National Lancers organizations.


Battle reenactment

Lexington Green


5 a.m.

Lexington celebrates the start of the American Revolution with a reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town’s militia and British regulars.

Dawn Tribute and March

Bemis Hall
15 Bedford Road, Lincoln


6:45 a.m.

The Lincoln Minutemen will salute the patriots buried in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery. Roll call is read, fifers play a lament, and the muskets fire a volley. The Minutemen then march along Sandy Pond Road to Concord with Colonial music and musket fire. All ages welcome to walk along.

North Bridge ceremony,
Concord Patriots Day parade

North Bridge
Monument Street, Concord


8:30 a.m.

British reenactors will be joined by the Acton Minutemen and other local companies for a commemoration of the North Bridge fight. The Concord parade will arrive at North Bridge around 9:30 a.m.

Colonial Day festivities

Concord Museum
200 Lexington Road, Concord

9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Special activities at the museum, which has many Patriots Day artifacts in its regular collection, include hands-on crafts, visits with living history characters, and presentations about powder horns, muskets, and the Revere “one if by land’’ lantern with a Colonial militiaman. At 1 p.m., the Middlesex County 4H Club’s Fife & Drum Corps performs. All activities are included with regular museum admission.

Lexington Historical Society guided house tours

Buckman Tavern, Hancock-Clarke House, Munroe Tavern


8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Regular ticket pricing, available at any property, $12 adult and $8 child for all three houses.

Film screenings

Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square, Lexington

$3 adult, $1 child

8-11 a.m.: Special showings on the hour of “First Shot! The Day the Revolution Began.”

“Spirit of Acton 1775 & 1861’’ Acton Historical Society

472 Main St., Acton


1-4 p.m. $5

Patriots Day trolley rides to the Jonathan Hosmer House, Jones Tavern, and Faulkner Homestead, and music, games, crafts, animals, 18th- and 19th-century demonstrators, storytellers, and tours.

Price includes all three houses and unlimited trolley rides.

Friday, April 19

Dawn Salute

North Bridge
Monument Street, Concord


5:45 a.m.

The Concord Minutemen fire salutes from the hillside, and the Concord Independent Battery answer with volleys from the field at the Old Manse.

Arrival of the Sudbury Militia

Approximately 10:30 a.m.

The Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minutemen arrive at the North Bridge after marching from the neighboring town, and fire three musket salutes.

Saturday, April 20

Junior Ranger Day

Minute Man and North Bridge Visitor Centers, and Jacob Whittemore House

Minute Man National Historical Park


9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Take part in “Hat’s Off!” in the Reader’s Theater and a militia drill with wooden muskets. At the end of the day, participants can show their work to a park ranger to earn a badge.

Battle Road Heroes

Hartwell Tavern, Minute Man National Park, Lincoln


7-8:30 p.m.

Tours leave every 15 minutes from Hartwell Tavern parking area, led by members of the Guild of Historic Interpreters providing a mix of theater and history. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission: $5 per person, $10 per family. Children wearing a Junior Ranger badge may attend for free.

Sunday, April 21

Old Burial Ground Tribute

Pierce House
17 Weston Road, Lincoln


2:30 p.m.

March with the Lincoln Minutemen to the Old Burial Ground on Lexington Road for ceremonies honoring casualties on both sides. A 4 p.m. reception at Pierce House hosted by the Lincoln Historical Society.

Nancy Shohet West can be reached at nancyswest@gmail.com.