Lexington's Patriots’ Day Weekend Schedule Released
Telling you when and where to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the ‘Battle of Lexington’ and this town’s 300th birthday.
The Town Celebrations Committee’s “Program of the Day” schedule of Patriots’ Day events hit the interwebs over the weekend. Spoiler Alert: It’ll be a weekend of pomp, circumstance and patriotism – and all of it quintessentially Lexington.
Much of it will sound familiar, but there is a significant, one-time change this year: The afternoon parade will be held on Sunday, April 14, as a nod to the yearlong town’s tercentennial celebration.
Saturday, April 13
Per the usual, the weekend’s events will get started at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, when the Lexington Minutemen will gather on the Battle Green to reenact the second call-to-arms from Captain Parker before marching into the Minute Man National Historical Park for the “Parker’s Revenge” re-enactment, which actually occurs about 2 p.m.
Various tours of historical sites and on the Liberty Ride will be held throughout the day, and the Tower Park Battle Re-enactment – a favorite among the modern-day Minutemen and British Regulars – will be held at 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 14
Assorted tours pick up again Sunday morning, with a Patriots’ Day Lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Parish.
As the parade has shifted from Monday to Sunday, the judging will take place at 12:30 p.m. and the parade itself steps off at 2 p.m., winding its way down Mass Ave to arrive at the Battle Green by 3 p.m.
Among official evening events, a Celebration of Colonial Music and Dance will be held at 8 p.m. at the Depot, and Paul Revere’s midnight ride will be re-enacted at 11:30 p.m. at the Hancock-Clarke House.
Monday, April 15
It starts early on Monday, with “The Alarm” run at 5:30 a.m. and the re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington – also known (to some) as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” – to follow.
After that begin the pancake breakfasts, tavern tours, Sunrise Youth Parade, Patriots’ Day Ceremonies and movie screenings; and all of that before the Lexington Lions Club’s 99th annual road race starts at 10 a.m.
The late-morning and early afternoon are filled with assorted ceremonies and concerts. Paul Revere will arrive at the Battle Green at 1 p.m., and there will be a patriotic performance of the US Army’s “Old Guard” at 2 p.m., also on the Battle Green.