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Dates:Saturday, April 15, 2023 - Monday, April 17, 2023
Hours:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:Free
Category:Seasonal Fun
It's time to put on your tricorn hat, to practice playing the fife, to revisit your history.

Patriots’ Day weekend commemorates the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War.

It is a joyful celebration, a street theater experience, and you get the glimmerings of what it must have been like on that chilly April morning as the Red Coats advanced on the Common.

There are battles, concerts, tours, Paul Revere, reenactments, road races, pancake breakfasts, ceremonies, culminating in the BIG PARADE.

Battle of Lexington Reenactment Rehearsal
Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 PM
Rain date Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 - EVENT SCHEDULE
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Visit the New Lexington Visitors Center. Purchase tickets here for a 90-minute Liberty Ride Guided Trolley Tour or one-hour Battle Green Walking Tour.Tours can also be booked online at www.tourlexington.us. View our famed diorama depicting the Battle of Lexington and shop for unique Lexington gift items. 1875 Massachusetts Ave, next to Buckman Tavern. 781-862-1450. Public restrooms.

9:00 AM Parker’s Revenge. Lexington Minute Men gather on the Battle Green to reenact the second call to arms from Captain John Parker, which took place on the afternoon of April 19th, with additional dialogue from Rev. Jonas Clarke. Following this event, the Minute Men march up Mass Ave to Fiske Hill before continuing on to the Parker’s Revenge site in the Minute Man National Park for a skirmish reenactment. Free

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours. 1 Bedford St. Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children www.lexingtonhistory.org

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours. 36 Hancock St. Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children www.lexingtonhistory.org

10:30 AM Parker’s Revenge Wreath Laying Ceremony. Lexington Minute Men lay a wreath at the site of the Parker’s Revenge skirmish in honor of two of Parker’s militia who were killed that afternoon; Nathaniel Wyman and Jedediah Monroe. On the Battle Road off of Airport Road near the Minute Man National Park Visitor Center, Route 2A, Lexington. Free

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Munroe Tavern Tours. 1332 Massachusetts Ave. Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children www.lexingtonhistory.org

1:00 PM Parker’s Revenge Reenactment. Lexington Minute Men reenact the Parker’s Revenge skirmish which occurred in the afternoon of April 19th when the Lexington Militia Company under Capt. John Parker ambushed the retreating Redcoats near the Lexington-Lincoln town line. On the Battle Road off of Airport Road near the intersection of Old Mass Ave and Route 2A. Free

1:00 PM Lexington Bicentennial Band Concert. The first half will be a celebration of music from the screen and stage. The second half will focus on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and will feature music written about that event as well as some traditional Patriots’ Day music. At the Donald J. Gillespie, Jr. Auditorium, Lexington High School. Admission is free, donations accepted.

2:30 PM William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps performance. Tower Park, Massachusetts Avenue opposite Pelham Road. Free

4:00 PM Battle at Tower Park. Follow the British retreat as they fight the Colonial Militia in Tower Park, featuring a working reproduction cannon. Organized by the Lexington Minute Men. Mass Ave opposite Pelham Rd. www.lexingtonminutemen.com Free


SUNDAY, APRIL 16 EVENT SCHEDULE
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Visit the New Lexington Visitors Center. Purchase tickets here for a 90-minute Liberty Ride Guided Trolley Tour or one-hour Battle Green Walking Tour.Tours can also be booked online at www.tourlexington.us. View our famed diorama depicting the Battle of Lexington and shop for unique Lexington gift items. 1875 Massachusetts Ave, next to Buckman Tavern. 781-862-1450. Public restrooms.

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours. 1 Bedford St. Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours. 36 Hancock St. Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Munroe Tavern Tours. 1332 Massachusetts Ave. Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children

11:30 PM Paul Revere Ride Reenactment. Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock St. A reenactment of the arrival of Paul Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House. Free www.lexingtonhistory.org

MONDAY, APRIL 17 EVENT SCHEDULE

5:30 AM “The Alarm” at the Old Belfry, Belfry Hill. Massachusetts Ave at Clarke St across from the Battle Green.

5:30 AM Reenactment of the Battle of Lexington. The central event of Patriots’ Day weekend. The Lexington Minute Men have organized and sponsored the Reenactment since 1971 to recreate the birth of American Liberty on Lexington Common in 1775. “They nobly dared to be free!” Mass Ave at Bedford St. Free
*Reenactment rain date Saturday, April 22 at 5:30AM

6:00 AM - 5:00 PM Visit the New Lexington Visitors Center. Purchase tickets here for a one-hour Battle Green Walking Tour. Tours can also be booked online at www.tourlexington.us. View our famed diorama depicting the Battle of Lexington and shop for unique Lexington gift items. 1875 Massachusetts Ave, next to Buckman Tavern. 781-862-1450. Public restrooms.

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Buckman Tavern Walk Through Tours. 1 Bedford St. Walk through the rooms of the historic tavern (interpreters present). Admission tickets available at the house. Suggested donation $5

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Pancake Breakfasts
BSA Troop 160 at St. Brigid Parish, 1981 Massachusetts Ave
First Baptist Church of Lexington, 1580 Massachusetts Ave (diagonally across from Cary Memorial Building)
The Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam St (behind the Visitors Center). All proceeds to benefit LexRAP (Lexington Refugee Assistance Program).

7:30 AM Sunrise Youth Parade. Starting at Munroe Cemetery driveway, proceeding west along Massachusetts Ave through Lexington center onto the Battle Green. Free

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours. 1 Bedford St. Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children www.lexingtonhistory.org

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours. 36 Hancock St. Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children www.lexingtonhistory.org

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Munroe Tavern Tours. 1332 Massachusetts Ave. Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. Single house $12 adults/$7 children; three houses $25 adults/$13 children www.lexingtonhistory.org

8:15 AM Patriots’ Day Ceremonies on the Battle Green. Massachusetts Avenue at Bedford St. Free.
Ceremonies will include the announcement of the 2023 recipients of the:
White Tricorne Hat Award, Lexington Lions Club
Minuteman Cane Award
the renamed Pat Flynn Outstanding Youth Award

9:00 AM “First Shot!: The Day the Revolution Began.” Enjoy a film screening of Lexington Historical Society’s award-winning video along with a special Q & A session with British and Colonial reenactors and a sampling of Colonial Music: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Sq. Tickets available at the door. Suggested donation $10 adults/$5 children

10:00 AM
Lexington Lions Club 109th Annual Five-Mile Road Race. Starting/ending on Massachusetts Ave at the Battle Green. For more information, call 781-862-4710.

10:00 AM “First Shot!: The Day the Revolution Began.” Enjoy a film screening of Lexington Historical Society’s award-winning video along with a special Q & A session with British and Colonial reenactors and a sampling of Colonial Music: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Sq. Tickets available at the door. Suggested donation $10 adults/$5 children

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Lexington Minute Men (LMM) /Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 113th Wreath-laying Ceremony. The LMM and DAR lay wreaths at several of the war monuments around the Battle Green, including the Revolutionary Monument where the Lexington soldiers killed on April 19, 1775 are buried. Free

11:00 AM USS Lexington Memorial Ceremonies. Visitors Center. 1875 Massachusetts Ave, adjacent to the Buckman Tavern. Free www.lexingtonlions.org

11:00 AM “First Shot!: The Day the Revolution Began.” Enjoy a film screening of Lexington Historical Society’s award-winning video along with a special Q & A session with British and Colonial reenactors and a sampling of Colonial Music: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Sq. Tickets available at the door. Suggested donation $10 adults/$5 children

11:15 AM - 12:00 noon Annual Patriots’ Day Hand Bell Concert. Hancock Church.
The Handbell Choirs of Hancock Church present a family-friendly concert of American music rung on five octaves of handbells and chimes. A free-will offering will be collected at the door. 1912 Massachusetts Avenue (the stone church across from the Battle Green).

12:30 PM Parade Float Judging. Massachusetts Ave in East Lexington, across from Sacred Heart Church. Free

1:00 PM Paul Revere Arrives at the Battle Green on Horseback. Greeted by the Select Board and the Lexington Minute Men. Free

2:00 PM Patriots’ Day Afternoon Parade. Starting at Massachusetts Ave and Maple St in East Lexington, proceeding west along Massachusetts Ave through Lexington center, left onto Worthen Rd ending at the town pool parking lot. Free

For more information, visit patriotsday.com

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www.lexingtonma.gov/851/Patriots-Day-in-Lexington

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Lexington Common, Lexington, MA, 02420 map

Lexington Center, Lexington, MA 02420

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