PHOTOS: Patriots' Day Weekend Events Preview

A look at the what, when and when of Patriots' Day weekend events along the Battle Road in Lexington, Lincoln and Concord.

Patriots' Day weekend is almost upon us, and everyone knows what that means: Parades, patriotism and people, plus the smell of sulfur in the morning.

There are several reenactments of running battles and midnight rides, along with performances, pancake breakfasts and even a Patriots Ball.

Flip through the photos above. Information about each event is included in the caption of images captured last year. Or, find scroll down to find event information in an easy-to-scan list below. 

A few other places to check out include the Concord Museum, Minute Man National Historical Park's Visitors Center, the and Lexington's three historic houses: , and the .


Colonial Singers Candelit Concert
The Lexington Historical Society’s Colonial Singers sing by candlelight.
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington
Price: $5 tickets sold at the door

Tower Park Battle
Minutemen and Redcoat re-enactors clash in Lexington, where musketfire and cannon blasts ring out as the battle blows across the hilly field and spectators stand along the sidewalks above.
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Tower Park, Mass Ave., Lexington
Price: Free

In Their Own Words
A dramatic re-telling of the first few hours of the American Revolution in the words of those who were there.
Date: Sunday, April 15
Time: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Location: First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington
Price: Tickets are $7 adults/$3 children for members of the Lexington Historical Society. $10 adults/$5 children. Tickets are available at the Buckman Tavern Museum Shop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or by calling 781-862-1703

Paul Revere’s Ride Reenactment
As he did that fateful night in 1775, Paul Revere will ride up to the Hancock Clarke-House in Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock.
Date: Sunday, April 15
Time: 11:30 p.m.
Place: Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock St., Lexington
Price: Free and open to the public 

Lexington Battle Reenactment
The “alarm” sounds at 5:30 a.m., there is a reading of the script by the Lexington Minute Men Company and then colonists and Redcoats clash in a re-enactment.
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 5:30 a.m.
Location: Lexington Battle Green, Massachusetts Avenue and Bedford Street
Price: Free

Lions Club Road Race
The 98th annual Lions Club five-mile road race starts and ends on Massachusetts Avenue, at the Battle Green.
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Lexington Battle Green
Price: Free to watch, $20 to run with online pre-registration; $22 if you register the day of

“What Really Happened That Day”
Lexington Minuteman Dan Fenn gives a talk on what really happened April 19,1775.
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: First Parish, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington
Price: Free

Afternoon Parade
Original floats, marching musicians, local dignitaries, a white-tricorn wearing metal Lion, and lots more march down Mass Ave in Lexington through the town center, past the Battle Green and down Worthen Road to the town pool.
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: From Massachusetts Avenue and Maple Street in East Lexington down Mass Ave through Lexington Center past the Battle Green and down Worthen Road to the Center Recreation Complex
Price: Free


Patriots Ball
Dance the night away to music from the band Firefly, with the added bonuses of a performance by the First Michigan and midnight march to Concord Center to see Dr. Samuel Prescott ride up in his horse to announce that the “Regulars are on the march.” Cash bar plus light refreshments.
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Concord Armory, Everett and Stow streets, Concord
Price: $25

British “Mourn Arms” Ceremony, Commemoration of North Bridge Fight
British reenactors conduct a “Mourn Arms” ceremony in honor of the British dead buried at the North Bridge. Then, the Acton Minutemen and other local companies arrive for a special commemoration featuring musket salutes.
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: North Bridge, at the intersection of Monument and Liberty streets
Price: Free

Patriots’ Day Parade
Musicians, minuteman companies, organizations and dignitaries march through Concord Center, out over the North Bridge and back through the center of town.
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Concord Center, Minute Man National Historical Park, Monument Street,
Price: Free


Dawn Salute
The Concord Minute Men and Concord Independent Battery observe the opening battle of the American Revolution with a 21-gun musket and cannon salute.
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 5:45 a.m.
Place: North Bridge, Monument and Liberty streets in Concord
Price: Free


Paul Revere Capture Ceremony
The Lincoln Minute Men, town officials, reenactmnt units and others observe the capture of Paul Revere with a musket fire salute and fife and drums.
Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Paul Revere Capture Site, Route 2A, Lincoln
Price: Free

Bloody Angle Battle Demonstration
Re-enactors recreate tactics used by colonists and British Regulars during their running battle back to Boston on April 19, 1775.
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Hartwell Tavern area, Route 2A, Lincoln
Price: Free

Parker’s Revenge
The Lexington Minute Men ambush the British Regulars headed back toward Boston, like Capt. John Parker’s local militia did April 19, 1775 to exact revenge for then men lost that morning on the town green.
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Parker’s Revenge Site, near the Minute Man Visitor’s Center off Route 2A, Lincoln
Price: Free

Patrick Ball (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
From the Lexington Historical Society: The office will be closed for Patriots' Day weekend. For tickets to In Their Own Words please call the Buckman Tavern Museum Shop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 781-862-4731.


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