Patriots' Day Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 15 - Monday, April 17, 2017

242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington
 

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Lexington Alarm Letter on View

Couriers delivered the news of the conflict at Lexington throughout the colonies soon after the event. See one of the actual letters that helped spread the news, penned on April 20, 1775.

On view at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Rd 
Saturday, April 1 - Saturday, April 21
The Museum is open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM  


Saturday, April 15
 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Lexington Visitors’ Center - free
1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
781-862-1450  
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
Visitors' Center

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Battle Green Guided Tours - free
Official Lexington Battle Green Guides in Colonial clothing offer informal tours, history, visitor information and directions throughout the day. View one of the oldest war memorials in the country where the remains of 7 of the   8 Militia who died on the Battle Green on April 19th are buried.
Lexington Tourism Committee

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours - $   
1 Bedford St, across from the Battle Green
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society

10:00 AM Parker’s Revenge - free   
Lexington Minute Men gather on the Lexington Battle Green to reenact the second call to arms from Captain Parker with additional dialogue from Reverend Jonas Clarke. Following this event, the Minute Men will march to Fiske Hill before continuing on to Parker’s Revenge site in the Minute Men National Park.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours - $  
36 Hancock St
Guide-led tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Liberty Ride Trolley Tours - $ 
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Tickets required. 
Board at the Lexington Visitors Center 1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00 & 2:30
Lexington Tourism Committee

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Lexington Alarm Letter on View - free
Couriers delivered the news of the conflict at Lexington throughout the colonies soon after the event. See one of the letters that helped spread the news, penned on April 20, 1775.

The Alarm Letter will be on view from Saturday, April 2 - Saturday, April 23. The Museum is open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road
       

11:00 AM Meet and Talk with the Minute Men at Fiske Hill - free
At Minute Men National Park, on the Battle Road at Old Massachusetts Avenue.

12:00 PM - 4 PM  Munroe Tavern Tours - $   
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided or guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.  
Lexington Historical Society

1:00 PM Parker’s Revenge Wreath Laying Ceremony - free
Parker’s Revenge site on the Battle Road near the Minute Men National Park Visitor Center, Rt 2A, Lexington
National Park Service  

2:00 PM Parker’s Revenge
A skirmish at The Bluff on the Battle Road at the intersection of Old Massachusetts Avenue and Rt 2A.  
National Park Service                                          

4:00 PM Tower Park Battle Reenactment - free  
Follow the British retreat as they fight the Colonial militia.  Massachusetts Avenue opposite Pelham Road. 
Lexington Minute Men


Sunday, April 16

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Lexington Visitors’ Center - free
1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
781-862-1450  
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
Visitors' Center

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Battle Green Guided Tours - free
Official Lexington Battle Green Guides in Colonial clothing offer informal tours, history, visitor information and directions throughout the day. View one of the oldest war memorials in the country where the remains of 7 of the   8 Militia who died on the Battle Green on April 19th are buried.
Lexington Tourism Committee

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours - $   
1 Bedford St, across from the Battle Green
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society

10 AM - 4 PM Liberty Ride Trolley Tours - $ 
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Tickets required. 
Board at the Lexington Visitors Center 1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00 & 2:30
Lexington Tourism Committee 

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours - $  
36 Hancock St
Guide-led tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Munroe Tavern Tours - $   
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided or guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.  
Lexington Historical Society 

11:30 PM Paul Revere Ride Reenactment - free 
Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock St, Lexington
A reenactment of the arrival of
Paul Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House. 
Lexington Historical Society
 


Monday, April 17 - Patriots' Day


5:30 AM “The Alarm” at the Old Belfry - free
Belfry Hill, Massachusetts Ave at Clarke Street across from the Battle Green.
Come ring the bell that sounded the Alarm that the British Regulars were coming

5:30 AM Reenactment of the Battle of Lexington on the Battle Green - free
(Rain date: Saturday, April 22 @ 5:30 AM)

(Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, April 2 @ 2 PM; rehearsal rain date Saturday, April 8 @ 2 PM) 
The Battle Green, Massachusetts Ave at Bedford St
The Lexington Minute Men

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Pancake Breakfasts - $

  • Boy Scout Troop #160 at St. Brigid Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue
  • First Baptist Church of Lexington, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue (across from Police Station) 
  • The Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street (Massachusetts Avenue @ Meriam Street).  All proceeds to benefit LexRAP (Lexington Refugee Assistance Program).

6:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Lexington Visitors’ Center - free
1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
781-862-1450  
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
Visitors' Center

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Buckman Tavern Walk Through Tours - $  
1 Bedford St, across from the Battle Green
Walk through the rooms of the historic tavern. Admission tickets available at the house.  Adults $3/Children $1  
Lexington Historical Society 

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

8:00 AM First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors - $
At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, one block east of the Battle Green
Tickets available at the door. Adults $3/Children $1  
Lexington Historical Society

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours - $   
1 Bedford St, across from the Battle Green
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours - $  
36 Hancock St
Guide-led tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society                             

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM  Munroe Tavern Tours -   
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided or guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.  
Lexington Historical Society

8:15 AM  Patriots’ Day Ceremonies on the Battle Green - free 
Massachusetts Ave at Bedford Street. 

9:00 AM First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors - $
At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, one block east of the Battle Green
Tickets available at the door. Adults $3/Children $1  
Lexington Historical Society

10:00 AM Lexington Lions Club 103rd Annual Five-Mile Road Race
Starting/ending on Massachusetts Ave at the Battle Green. 
For more information call (781) 862-2534 or visit Lexington Lions Club

10:00 AM First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors - $
At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, one block east of the Battle Green
Tickets available at the door. Adults $3/Child $1  
Lexington Historical Society

10:30 AM Lexington Minute Men Company/DAR Wreath Laying Memorial Ceremony - free
On the Battle Green at the Obelisk
The Lexington Minute Men

11:00 AM USS Lexington Memorial Ceremonies - free
Visitors Center, 1875 Massachusetts Ave, adjacent to Buckman Tavern.  
Lexington Lions Club

11:00 AM First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors - $
At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, one block east of the Battle Green
Tickets available at the door. Adults $3/Children $1  
Lexington Historical Society

11:15 AM – 12 PM Annual Patriots’ Day Handbell Concert of Patriotic and American music - donation  
Hancock Church, 1912 Massachusetts Avenue  (the  stone church across from the battle green)
The concert is family-friendly and includes music played on 5 octaves of hand bells and 6 octaves of hand chimes, sure to please all ages: Broadway hits, American gospel,  spirituals, and patriotic songs.  Suggested donation of $3 per person to benefit the Handbell Scholarship Fund to assist ringers to attend workshops and festivals.

12:00 PM   “What Really Happened that Day.” - free
First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road.
Lexington Minuteman Dan Fenn gives a half hour talk on what really happened on April 19, 1775.

12:30 PM Float Judging on Massachusetts Ave in East Lexington - free

1:00 PM Paul Revere Arrives at the Battle Green on Horseback - free
Greeted by the Board of Selectmen and the Lexington Minute Men Company
Lexington Minute Men

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


A Message From the Lexington Police Department

As we approach Patriots’ Day, we are mindful of the media attention the Boston Marathon and other special events are receiving. The Lexington Police Department has worked closely with Town officials and regional law enforcement authorities to review and revise our security plan for the April 15 to April 17 weekend.  We have partnered with the Town Celebrations Committee, Reenactors, DPW, and Lexington Fire Department to ensure a safe and enjoyable community event. 

Please help with our security efforts by:

  • Limiting the use of  backpacks or large containers, where possible
  • Using clear or mesh bags to carry large personal items

In addition,

  • Do not bring ladders, scaffolding or step stools
  • Do not leave bags or containers unattended; items left unattended will be removed from public areas by Police

Please do not hesitate to contact the Police Department if you have concerns:

781-862-1212 (then press “0”) direct line to the dispatcher

911 for emergencies

911 calls from cell phones will get routed through regional dispatch centers

If you see something, say something

Thank you,

Chief Mark J. Corr