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Dates:Monday, April 15, 2024 - Monday, April 15, 2024
Hours:8:15 AM - 1:30 PM
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:see below

Patriotsí Day is the celebration of the first battle of the American Revolution.

On April 18, 1775, three riders, Paul Revere from Boston, William Dawes from Roxbury, and Samuel Prescott from Concord, rode to warn American colonists that the British were marching from Boston and attempting to capture ammunition and cannons that were stored in Concord and Lexington to fight against the British Crown.

Patriotsí Day has been a holiday in Massachusetts since 1894 but changed to the third Monday in April in the 1940s to coincide with the Boston Marathon.

Events of the day include
- National Lancersí William Dawes Re-enactment and Send-off
- Free Breakfast Buffet
- Ralph Brown Unsung Hero Awards
- Warren I Brown Scholarship
- Dillaway-Thomas House MuseumTour
- Trolley Tour of Historic Roxbury

The Roxbury Collaborative has hosted the Roxbury portion of the ride with the re-enactment of the William Dawes ride since 1992.

The Collaborative is a coalition of veterans, historic and community groups along with the First Church of Roxbury, The Dillaway-Thomas House and individuals who love history.

Celebrate Roxbury History and Patriots' Day with the Roxbury Collaborative and the First Church in Roxbury by seeing the re-enactment of the historic ride of William Dawes, enjoy a free full breakfast, and watch the presentations of Ralph Browne Unsung Hero Awards to community leaders and Warren I.

Brown Scholarship Awards to high school seniors Listen to historic talks about the Patriots and Slavery and Women Veterans.

Take a tour of the historic Dillaway-Thomas House

Completing the day, enjoy a trolley ride through historic Roxbury.

All events are free.

In addition to Patriots Day, this April Monday also features events like The Boston Marathon, One Boston Day, and marks the kickoff of April School Vacation Week in Boston. Check out our handy guides to stay in the know about fun things to see & do.

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10, Putnam Street, MA, 02119 map
Phone: 6173066277

10 Putnam Street , Roxbury, MA 02119

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  • Get to event early so you don't miss the William Dawes rider re-enact the famous ride.

  • Space limited on the trolley tour so be sure to begin boarding at the Dillaway-Thomas house at 10:45 AM for a seat

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