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Boston Patriots' Day Events

Patriots' Day is Monday, April 19, 2021

This year, Patriots' Day includes a combination of in-person experiences and virtual historical commemorations.

Concord Museum
Virtual: Collection - The Concord Museum will transport you back in time through eye-witness artifacts, including one of the two Lanterns that signaled Paul Revere to begin his ride, and multi-media animations that bring this pivotal moment in our nation’s history to life. Be sure to visit the April 19, 1775 galleries at the Concord Museum!

Virtual: April 19, 1775 Community Night - Join in on a virtual evening with Curator, David Wood, Peggy N. Gerry Curatorial Associate, Erica Lomeand historian and author of The Minutemen and Their World, Robert Grossfor an inside look at the roles Provincials from communities across Massachusetts played in the events now celebrated on Patriots’ Day. 

In-Person: April 19, 1775 Galleries - Register for special after-hours access to our April 19, 1775 exhibition.  Enjoy insight from Museum Curator David Wood and Peggy N. Gerry Curatorial Associate Erica Learn about the roles of several local communities in the famous battles, and how their united efforts created a catalyst for the beginning of a remarkable Revolution. 

In-Person & Virtual: The Lexington Historical Society​
You can purchase tickets online for in-person Patriot's Day Weekend Historic House Tours, taking place April 17-19. You can also access virtual house tours, children's content, and previous years' recordings of reenactments. 

Minute Man 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.

Learn about the people and events of April 19, 1775, and the places that witnessed history.

Revolution 250 - Virtual Patriot's Day
The April 19th History Coalition is made up of representatives from Minute Man National Historical Park, Arlington Historical Society, Concord Museum, Concord Celebrations Committee, Lexington Historical Society, Lexington Celebrations Committee, Lincoln Historical Society, Minute Man Media Network, Friends of Minute Man National Historic Park, Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, and Revolution 250. Using these partnerships, the April 19th History Coalition seeks to tell the story of the events of April 18 & 19 when 700 soldiers of the British Army marched to Lexington & Concord in search of hidden arms and ammunition and were forcibly opposed by members of the Massachusetts militia and driven back to Boston.

The coalition will use innovative digital programming to connect the people of today with the events of April 18th & 19th, 1775, as well as with the lives of the people who were participants and witnesses to the events along, what would become known as “Battle Road.”

Old North Church: Annual Lantern Lighting  
Lantern2021, a virtual family-friendly event, will celebrate the heroic actions of April 18, 1775 and Old North's legacy of active citizenship. Join in for an uplifting evening featuring original music by Ryan Ahlwardt (formerly of Straight No Chaser), a spirited performance of the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Rick Taylor (as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), and the inspiring words of honoree Dave McGillivray, long-time Race Director for the Boston Marathon.

A web series, "99% Sure" is all about the history, people, and events that made Old North the legendary historic site you know and love. Tune in as Old North's Education Manager and intrepid public historian TJ Todd explores some of our most frequently asked questions and shares some of his favorite stories and facts about Old North. History and research can be tricky business, but we're 99% Sure that everything you hear in this series is true.

Freedom Trail
Enjoy Freedom Trail Foundation resources - access to history lesson videos and audio guides of the Freedom Trail. 

Action Tour Guide offers a GPS self-guided audio tour of Boston's Freedom Trail, fully narrated mobile apps available for download.

Bringing your pooch? Boston’s 2.5 mile path has plenty of green spaces along the way, making it one of the more pet-friendly attractions in Boston!

Freedom Trail Map

Map of the Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail Foundation Resources

This Day in History videos provide mini-history lessons for each day of the year by typing in the...

Freedom Trail Foundation Virtual Programs

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Freedom Trail Foundation's Classrooms Live

The Freedom Trail Foundation's new Classrooms Live! offers teachers the opportunity to invite a...

GPS Self-Guided Audio Tours

Turn your phone into a personal tour guide! Action Tour Guide provides self-guided audio tours;...

Historian at Home: Online game, A Sailor's Life For Me

The USS Constitution Museum presents a weekly video series with Public Historian Carl Herzog. Carl...

Historic Holiday Stroll

Walk the Freedom Trail and discover how Boston’s holiday traditions evolved. Led by 19th-century...

Important Updates for Patriots' Day 2021

Lexington Visitors Center  
Though the Liberty Ride is not yet operational due to COVID-19, the Lexington Visitors Center has reopened as of April 1, 2021.  In-person walking tour information is  now available.

Patriots Day Parade in Boston  
The Patriots' Day Parade in Boston is canceled for 2021.

Patriots Day Parade in Lexington 
Patriots’ Day is Lexington Day. The events of that morning in April, 1775 are an integral part of the DNA of our town and have been marked with remembrance since 1776 and with celebration at least since the Centennial in 1875. That year there were so many people who came to see President Grant and the parade that it was difficult to move through the town.

This year we can’t gather to celebrate Patriots’ Day and we can’t have a parade. But we can still celebrate and remember. In that spirit, the Town Celebrations Committee is producing a program with family friendly activities, a short history of past celebrations, as well as clips from a number of our favorite parade participants.

Lexington Green and Concord North Bridge Reenactments  
These events have been canceled.

Boston Marathon 
The Boston Marathon is the world's largest annual marathon, held annually on Patriots' Day, is rescheduled for Monday, October 11, 2021.

Boston Red Sox Home Game 
This Boston Patriots' Day tradition will continue with limited capacity seating.  Go Sox!