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Dates:Monday, April 17, 2023 - Monday, April 17, 2023
Hours:8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Category:Special Events

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
- Unsung Hero Awards, Warren I Brown Scholarship and TeenAwards
- Dillaway-Thomas House Tour
- 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, and individuals who love history.

Celebrate Roxbury History and Patriots' Day with the Roxbury Collaborative by seeing the re-enactment of the historic ride of William Dawes, enjoy a free full breakfast, watch the presentation of Ralph Browne Unsung Hero, Warren I. Brown Scholarship to high school seniors, and teen awards.

Take a tour of the historic Dillaway-Thomas House and see a display of Black Patriots.

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

All events are free.

Looking for more Patriot's Day Events nearby? Visit our website for lots more and use the search term 'Patriot's Day'.



First Church Roxbury, Roxbury, MA, 02119 map

10 Putnam St. Boston, MA 02119. First Church Roxbury

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  • come early for free breakfast and a re-enactment of the William Dawes ride. Stay for tour of Dillaway-Thomas house and free bus tour of Historic Boston

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