Old North Church: Annual Lantern Lighting - April 14, 7:00pm
Every year since 1875, on the eve of Patriot's Day, Old North Church has commemorated the hanging of the lanterns by inviting guests to join a prominent member of the community at the Lantern Ceremony. This year, we are honoring the survivors of last year's marathon bombings and those first responders who so courageously came to their aid.
Liberty Ride - April 13-14
Visit the birthplaces of American liberty and 19th century literature! Board a classic trolley to 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. The Liberty Ride departs at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm from the Lexington Visitors Center at 1875 Massachusetts Avenue.
Patriots Day Parade in Boston - April 15, 9am
The Day starts with a morning flag-raising ceremony in Government Center followed by a Patriots Day Parade. The Massachusetts Lancers then stage the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes.
Patriots Day Parade in Lexington - April 15, 2pm
The parade starts at Massachusetts Avenue and Maple Street in East Lexington, proceeding west along Massachusetts Avenue through Lexington center, left onto Worthen Road ending at the town pool parking lot.
Lexington Green and Concord North Bridge Reenactments - April 13-15
Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriot's Day. Patriot's Day is a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775.
Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center will host a Minute Man Encampment with Billerica Colonial Minute Men, gallery talks, collection spotlights, dances, music, activities, and art-making. Special activities take place Saturday, April 13 through Monday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free with Museum admission, members free.
The Museum's Patriots' Ball is an evening of music, raffles, cocktails, Americana style food, and patriotic activities – including a late night march through town to see Samuel Prescott ride in on horseback to warn us that “The Regulars are coming!”
The Boston Marathon is the world's largest annual marathon - held annually on Patriots' Day. The Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It's one of six World Marathon Majors.