PLAN YOUR VISIT: PATRIOTS' DAY
Please note that the afternoon parade has now been canceled (www.lexingtonma.gov/…/update-monday-416-7-am-parades-have-b…). HOWEVER, all 3 pancake breakfasts are ongoing, our First Shot film screenings and Q&A with reenactors are still on at 4 times this morning, and our 3 historic houses will be open for tours until 2 PM. Details below.
Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775. Lexington Historical Society played an instrumental role in persuading the Massachusetts Legislature to proclaim Patriots’ Day an official Massachusetts holiday in 1894. Since 1969 this day has been observed on the third Monday in April. Events and reenactments occur all weekend long in Lexington and surrounding communities and along the historic battle road in the Minute Man National Park. Visit www.battleroad.org for more information. Please note that not every event takes place every year.
Historic House Hours and Pricing
Saturday, April 14th
Historical Society Special Events
Lexington Historical Society sponsors a number of outstanding events this holiday weekend, and continued programming throughout the week.
Sunday April 15th, Cary Library, 1:30 PM: Historians Phillip Greenwalt and Robert Orrison launch their new book “A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775” with a presentation, Q & A, and book signing event. This book, the first in a new Revolutionary War series, uncovers the amazing history that this pivotal spring day ushered in for the fate of Massachusetts and thirteen of Great Britain’s North American colonies. The event is co-sponsored by the Lexington Visitors Center, Cary Memorial Library, and Lexington Historical Society.
Sunday April 15th, Lexington Depot, 7 PM: The History At Play ensemble presents The House of Hancock, in the spirit of HAMILTON. Meet the Hancocks, one of the most powerful Founding Families in this revolutionary rendezvous. Fierce, factual, and unforgettably funny! Suitable for all ages.
Event is Sold Out
Sunday April 15th, Paul Revere’s Ride, 11:30 PM:
This event has been cancelled due to weather.
A reenactment of the arrival of Paul Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington after his famous ride. Admission is free. Thank you to our Paul Revere's Ride Sponsor:
Monday April 16th, First Shot!: Film screening and Q&A with British and Colonial Reenactors at the Depot. Colonial Singers entertainment between screenings. Film viewings: 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Tickets available at the door. Adults- $3.00, Children- $1.00
Family Events for School Vacation Week
Join us for family-friendly activities for school vacation, including our third annual children's reenactment of the Battle of Lexington! Full schedule here.
Lexington Patriots’ Day Events
There are many town events in Lexington on Patriots' Day weekend. The following are some of the most popular, check out www.battleroad.org for a full listing.
Tower Park Battle: A reenactment of the battles fought between Lexington and Concord is held at Tower Park in Lexington the Saturday before Patriots' Day.
Battle Reenactment: This event recreates the historic skirmish in Lexington on the first day of the American Revolution. Following the ringing of the bell in the Old Belfry, members of the Lexington Minutemen gather on Lexington Green to await the column of British Regulars as they march into the town center. A shot rings out, the skirmish follows, and the British column marches on towards Concord leaving dead and wounded behind.
VISITOR TIPS: The Battle Reenactment starts very early in the morning with the bell in the Belfry ringing at 5:30 am and the battle following at 6:00 am (the actual time the historic battle occurred). Plan to arrive between 4:00-5:00 am to pick a viewing spot. There is also usually a dress rehearsal of the reenactment the first Sunday in April in the afternoon.
The 7:30 AM Youth Parade has been cancelled due to weather. Please just lexingtonma.gov for further updates.
A children’s parade is held after the battle reenactment and a large town parade is held in the afternoon on Patriots’ Day.