Patriots' Day 2016


Patriots’ Day 2016 

Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriots’ Day. Patriots’ Day is a special

Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775. The holiday (officially observed on Monday, April 18,

2016) and the entire week is celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies.

Admission to all events is free except where noted. For more information, please call (978) 318 - 7825 or visit

Additional information is available at Information on events in Lexington is available at



Saturday, April 16th


Tough Ruck

Step off at The Old Manse field, adjacent to North Bridge

7:00 a.m.

Minute Man National Historical Park is honored to once again host the "Tough Ruck,"

military personnel marching in memory of our fallen soldiers. Come out and support our

soldiers in this 26 mile hike along the historic Battle Road Trail. For more information go to


“Armed as According to Law.” – Captain David Brown's Company of Minute Men

North Bridge, Concord 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Concord Museum, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Visit North Bridge and Concord Museum and see Captain David Brown's Company, a nearly

full strength recreated minute company, demonstrate drill maneuvers and musket firings.

Learn about militia duty in colonial Massachusetts and what it meant to be "armed as

according to law."


Life on the Battle Road

Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House, Hartwell Tavern Parking Area, 100 North

Great Road, Lincoln

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hartwell Tavern and the Captain William Smith House will be open. Park staff and living

history volunteers from the Lincoln Minute Men, the Guild of Historic Interpreters, and the

Ladies of Refined Taste will be demonstrating various aspects of life in Massachusetts at the

beginning of the American Revolution.


Explore Bloody Angle with Edmund Foster

Hartwell Tavern, Hartwell Tavern Parking Area, 100 North Great Road, Lincoln

10:30 a.m.

Edmund Foster, a volunteer from Reading, Massachusetts (portrayed by Park Volunteer, Ed

Hurley), will lead a tour to this key battle site where he fought in 1775.


Visit Whittemore House (Behind Minute Man Visitor Center, Rt 2A Lexington)

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Visit Whittemore House, staffed by costumed park volunteers, and discover what life was like

in 1775. Try on colonial children's clothing, gather ingredients for a meal, and listen to stories

of the Whittemore family and their experience of April 19, 1775.




Battle Road: “Parker’s Revenge”

Battle Road Trail behind Minute Man Visitor Center, Rt. 2A, Lexington

2:00 p.m.

Hundreds of British and Colonial Reenactors will engage in a tactical weapons

demonstration showing the running battle that took place along this deadly

stretch of road on the border of Lincoln and Lexington.


Junior Ranger Day at Minute Man National Historical Park

Saturday, April 16, 2015

Earn your Junior Ranger Badge

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Minute Man Visitor Center, Rt. 2A, Lexington. Pick up your very own Junior Ranger Day

Booklet. You will have fun exploring Minute Man National Historical Park while completing the

pages in the booklet. When you are finished, show your work to a Ranger to earn your new

badge. It's a fun way to learn and earn your Centennial badge & take your oath at 11:30 am,

3:15 pm, and 4:15 pm.

Recommended for ages 8-11.



Activities free with Museum admission,

Members free.


Revolutionary War Living History:

“Armed as According to Law” 

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Captain David Brown’s company—a group of Concord Minute Men who fought at the North Bridge in 1775—assembles on the lawn of the Museum. Visit with the Company, watch musket demonstrations, cartridge rolling, cooking, and other preparations for battle, and learn about militia duty in colonial Massachusetts and what it meant to be “armed as according to law.” Free for all.


Patriotic Crafts

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Try your hand at making a tricorn hat, creating a sachet, or writing with a quill pen.


Colonial Games

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Have fun 18th-century style with colonial-era games like Graces and Jacob’s Ladder.     


“Men of Concord” Gallery Talk 

2:00 p.m.

Take a closer look at the artworks in our new exhibition, N. C. Wyeth’s Men of Concord, with Concord Museum Curator David Wood in this 20-minute talk. 




Sunday, April 17th


Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm

At Colonel James Barrett House, Barrett's Mill Road, Concord

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

In 1775, Colonel James Barrett of Concord was responsible for safeguarding all the military

supplies in town and his house was searched by British soldiers during their mission to

Concord. Visit the Barrett House and learn about the intense military preparations that helped

launch America into the Revolutionary War.


Revolutionary Dogs: "Paws for the Cause!" at Minute Man Visitor Center

Route 2A, Lexington

2:00 p.m. 45 minutes in length

Join Park Ranger Roger Fuller and his pug, Cricket, in a forty-five minute walk on the Battle

Road to explore the lives of dogs in colonial America, and in the Revolution. The tour starts at

Minute Man Visitor Center and goes to Paul Revere Capture Site, about half a mile, with four

stops along the way. The walk is open to all. You are welcome to bring along your wellbehaved,

friendly dog, too.


Activities free with Museum admission,
Members free.

Patriotic Crafts
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Colonial Games
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

“A View of the Town of Concord” Painting: Henry David Thoreau’s Perspective Gallery Talk
2:00 p.m.
Go back in time as we look at Henry David Thoreau’s notes on this painting depicting April 19, 1775 and the mystery about its artist.

Revealing the Past through Modern Archaeology: Parker’s Revenge 
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Project Archaeologist Meg Watters, PhD., will share the discoveries from a remarkable project at Minute Man National Historical Park (MMNHP). Sponsored by the Friends of the Minute Man Historical Park, the project explored the battle of Parker’s Revenge, a skirmish during which Captain John Parker and the Lexington militia faced a much larger British force on April 19, 1775, for a second time that day. Meg Watters, Jim Hollister, Education Coordinator at MMNHP, and Concord Museum Curator David Wood will discuss the cutting-edge archaeological methods that delineated the battlefield site and share artifacts that were witness to the revolutionary activities of April 19.

Free. Reserve a space online or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216. 


Monday, April 18th (Patriots’ Day observed)


Lexington Battle Reenactment

Lexington Green

5:30 a.m.

The Town of Lexington celebrates the first shots of the American Revolution with a

reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town's militia and the British



Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight and Concord Parade

North Bridge, Concord

8:45 a.m.

British reenactors will be joined by the Acton Minutemen and other local companies for a

special commemoration of the North Bridge Fight featuring musket volleys. The Concord

Parade will arrive at North Bridge around 9:30 a.m. NOTE: All of the roads in the center of

town are closed to vehicles beginning at 8:30 a.m.


Activities free with Museum admission,
Members free.

Monday, April 18
Activities free with Museum admission,
Members free.

Patriotic Crafts
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Colonial Games
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  Revolutionary Clothing 
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Imagine yourself as a young gentlemen or lady in 1775 by trying on colonial-style garments. 

Spinning in the Galleries 
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn about colonial era spinning in a hands-on demonstration. 

Collection Spotlight
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
What types of muskets were available in 1775? Learn more about the muskets used during the Battles of Lexington and Concord. 

“Revolutionary Women” Gallery Talk 
2:00 p.m.
Join us for a fascinating look at the women of 1775 Concord. 


Tuesday, April 19th


Dawn Salute

North Bridge, Concord

6:00 a.m.

The Concord Minute Men and the Concord Independent Battery observe the opening battle of

the American Revolution with a 21 gun musket and cannon salute.


Arrival of the Sudbury Militia

North Bridge, Concord

11:30 a.m. (approximately)

The Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minutemen will make their annual march to North

Bridge from the Town of Sudbury, in honor of their fellow townsmen who made a similar

march on April 19, 1775. They will fire three musket volleys from North Bridge as a soldierly



Saturday, April 23th


Battle Road Heroes

At Hartwell Tavern Parking Area

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Tours leave every 15 minutes.

Listen to the personal stories of residents who lived along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775.

Join the Guild of Historic Interpreters for a special evening of theater and history. Appropriate

for ages 8 and up. Admission: $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family. Children wearing their

Junior Ranger Badges may attend the program for free.