How to Spend Patriots Day In The Merrimack Valley

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Visiting Lexington and Concord this Patriot’s Day? We’ve got the perfect itinerary for you!

Special Celebrations:

Battle Reenactments

Celebrate the event that evokes the revolutionary spirit that signaled the start of the American Revolution. The reenactment of the Battle of Lexington, performed by members of the Lexington Minute Men Company and His Majesty’s Tenth Regiment of Foot, is staged annually at 5:30 A.M. on Monday morning.


Catch the Lexington Patriots Day Parade on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Lexington, Massachusetts. The annual parade includes Minute Men and Militias from Lexington and many other communities west of Boston that converged on Lexington in 1775. The Lexington Patriots Day Parade also includes musicians, color guards, and other local groups and organizations.

Historic Places & Things to do:

Minuteman National Historical Park

At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors.

Lexington Historic Houses

Built in 1737, this house was the parsonage for the town of Lexington during the 18th century. Visit the home of Reverend Jonas Clarke where patriot guests John Hancock and Samuel Adams were awakened by Paul Revere and his famous warning in the early hours of April 19, 1775. Tours will be given all day!

Hop on the Liberty Ride

Ride along the historic Battle Road while your costumed guide recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775 and the literary legacy that defined American identity and culture

Visit the Concord Museum

Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition! Join us for gallery talks, collection spotlights, activities, and crafts. The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with special activities ongoing from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House

Restored 18th century home and tavern, Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House, was on the main road, the “Bay Road,” running from Boston through western Massachusetts out to Crown Point, N.Y. This was the road that the British troops used on April 19. The soldiers passed by the tavern on their way to Concord, and again on their way back to Boston. There are no records or stories about soldiers entering the tavern for any reason.

Visit Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Experience the historic home of the extraordinary Alcott family, where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women.

Shop at Crafty Yankee

Crafty Yankee showcases the work of many New England artisans, as well as creative designs from around the world. Our extensive jewelry and accessory selections accommodate all ages and tastes, from traditional to contemporary. 

Where to Stay:

Inn at Hastings Park

Voted one of the top 100 hotels in the world, the Inn at Hastings Park was originally built in 1888 as the private home of one of Lexington’s first families.

Concord’s Colonial Inn

Colonial charm meets modern comfort at Concord’s Colonial Inn, a landmark historic hotel in New England’s charming town of Concord, Massachusetts.

Aloft Lexington

Discover the town made famous by Paul Revere when you stay at our Lexington, MA hotel. Historic downtown Lexington is just two miles away, and downtown Boston is 20 minutes by car.

Element Lexington

Element Lexington is surrounded by rich colonial history. Lexington is famous for being the site of the first shot of the American Revolutionary War in the Battle of Lexington. Stay at our Lexington, MA hotel and enjoy convenient access to the area’s vibrant business community or for a change of scenery drive down to downtown Boston only 20 minutes away.

Best Western at Historic Concord

The non-smoking, pet-friendly Best Western Plus at Historic Concord is an attractive choice west of Boston. It is also three miles from the North Bridge, where the shot that was heard around the world was fired. Also, it is six miles from Minuteman National Park and sight from Lexington Green.

Residence Inn Concord

The all new Residence Inn Boston Concord is ideally situated just a few minutes drive from charming downtown Concord, MA, just moments away from historic landmarks including Minuteman National Park, Walden Pond and the Old North Bridge. Residence Inn Boston Concord boasts 118 stylish and contemporary extended-stay guestrooms all equipped with free WiFi, luxury bedding, efficent work space, full kitchens and spacious living area. Utilize our complimentary shuttle service available upon request. 

Where to Eat:

Artistry on the Green

Artistry on the Green projects the same warm and inviting ambiance that you will find throughout The Inn at Hastings Park. We believe that food can be used to celebrate, to comfort and to nurture.

Debra’s Natural Gourmet

Best health food store in USA! Take-out kitchen, catering, home of eat well be happy, the cooking show. We offer a full menu 7 days a week.

Lexx Restaurant

A 21st-Century version of the town green, a meeting place for the young, old & everyone else in between. LEXX continues its culinary evolution with an innovative array of gastro pleasing offers

Merchants Row at Concord’s Colonial Inn

Merchants Row is a beautiful restaurant that’s just right for special occasions or a special night out. Refined but not formal, enjoy a great bottle of wine and exceptional service in a quieter, gracious room, surrounded by 300 years of living history. Its ambiance, menu and unique Colonial charm make Merchants Row a wonderful place to host anniversary parties, birthday dinners or a special meal with old friends.

Verrill Farm 

Stop in for some yummy soup & a sandwich or freshly baked scone & coffee! We offer two, made-from-scratch hot soups every day from 11 am – 3 pm.
Take your pick & enjoy in our expanded seating area or take out for lunch or later!

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