PLAN YOUR VISIT: PATRIOTS' DAY
DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, PATRIOTS' DAY 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
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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 18th
Sunday, April 19th
Historical Society Special Events
Lexington Historical Society sponsors a number of outstanding events this holiday weekend, and continued programming throughout the week.
Saturday April 18th, 5:45 PM
A Revolution of Her Own!, Lexington Depot, Lexington Depot
History At Play presents A Revolution of Her Own! An interactive storytelling experience exploring the life of Deborah Sampson, America's first female soldier. Historian and actress Judith Kalaora brings Sampson's story to life, addressing the audience as Sampson did herself in her own one-woman show across the country following the Revolutionary War.
Admission by donation; $5 suggested.
Space is limited for this event and reservations are required. Please contact the office at email@example.com or 781-862-1703 to reserve your seat.
Sunday, April 19th, 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Author Reading and Signing with Jenny Cote: The Declaration, the Sword, and the Spy, Lexington Depot
Before you see Paul Revere ride into Lexington and hear the first shots fired at Lexington Green, listen to the story of April 19, 1775 come alive as Author Jenny L. Cote reads snippets of scenes from her newly released eighth novel, The Declaration, the Sword, and the Spy. She’ll share how she makes the American Revolution come alive for readers of all ages, and how she preserves historical accuracy in storytelling through fantasy fiction in a digital age where history is being rewritten and pushed to the margins. Fall in love with history, so that history will never get old. Book signing to follow.
Free and open to all! No reservations required.
Sunday April 19th, 11:30 PM
Paul Revere’s Ride, Hancock-Clarke House
A dramatic reenactment of the arrival of Paul Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington after his famous ride. See Paul Revere and William Dawes bring the alarm to Lexington, on real horses, at the time and place this historic event actually happened!
Free and open to all, thanks to our Paul Revere's Ride Sponsor:
Monday April 20th , 9, 10, and 11 AM
First Shot!, Lexington Depot
Film screening and Q&A with British and Colonial Reenactors at the Depot. Colonial Singers entertainment between screenings. Film viewings: 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
Adults- $3, Children- $1. Tickets available at the door.
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!
More information 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. More information about town-sponsored events happening in Lexington center can be found at www.lexingtonma.gov/patriotsday.
Parker's Revenge: Minuteman National Park hosts a reenactment of the skirmish between Lexington militia and British redcoats during the British retreat. This event is held the Saturday before Patriot's Day. More information about park events can be found here.
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 AM (the actual time the historic battle occurred). Plan to arrive between 4-5 AM to pick a viewing spot. There is also usually a dress rehearsal of the reenactment the first Sunday in April in the afternoon.
A children’s parade is held after the battle reenactment and a large town parade is held in the afternoon on Patriots’ Day.