2019 Patriots' Day Weekend Schedule of Events

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Revolutionary drum
Reenactment event

SATURDAY, APRIL 13
 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMLexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
(across from the Minuteman Statue)
781-862-1450
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
9:00 AM - 4:00 PMBattle Green Guided Tours
On the Lexington Battle Green
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.
9:30 AM - 4:00 PMBuckman Tavern Tours &
#Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit

1 Bedford St
(across from the Battle Green)  

Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. 

 

The #Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit explores how news of the Battle of Lexington went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution. Free with admission to Buckman Tavern.

9:30 AM

Revolutionary drum
Parker's Revenge
Battle Green

Lexington Minute Men gather on the Battle Green to reenact the second call to arms for Captain John Parker, with took place on the afternoon of April 19. With additional dialogue from Reverend 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.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PMHancock-Clarke House Tours
36 Hancock St
Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PMView an Original 1775 Alarm Letter
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
33 Marrett Road
Couriers delivered the news of the conflict at Lexington soon after the event. One of the letters that helped spread the news will be displayed  Free, donations accepted.
10:00 AMLiberty Ride Tour
Begins @ Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
11:30 AMLiberty Ride Tour
Begins at Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
12:00 PMParker’s Revenge Wreath Laying Ceremony
On the Battle Road near the Minute Man National Park Visitor Center
Route 2A, Lexington
Lexington Minute Men lay a wreath at the site of the Parker’s Revenge skirmish, which occurred in the afternoon of April 19 when the Lexington Militia Company under Capt. John Parker ambushed the retreating Redcoats near the Lexington-Lincoln town line. Free.
12:00 PM - 4:00 PMMunroe Tavern Tours
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. 
1:00 PMParker’s Revenge Reenactment
On the Battle Road near the intersection of Old Massachusetts Ave and Route 2A
Lexington Minute Men reenact the Parker’s Revenge engagement on the Battle Road. Free.
1:00 PMLiberty Ride Tour
Begins at Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
2:30 PMLiberty Ride Tour
Begins at Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
3:00 PMThe Old Guard
Third US Infantry Regiment
Performance at Tower Park
Massachusetts Avenue across from Marrett St. and Pelham Rd.
The 3rd U.S. Infantry, traditionally known as “The Old Guard,” is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784

 

The Old Guard is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in time of national emergency or civil disturbance.

4:00 PM

Revolutionary drum
Battle at Tower Park
Massachusetts Ave opposite Pelham Rd.
Follow the British retreat as they fight the Colonial Militia in Tower Park, featuring a working reproduction cannon. Organized by the Lexington Minute Men.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14
 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMLexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
(across from the Minuteman Statue)
781-862-1450
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
9:00 AM - 4:00 PMBattle Green Guided Tours
On the Lexington Battle Green
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.
9:30 AM - 4:00 PMBuckman Tavern Tours &
#Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit

1 Bedford St
(across from the Battle Green)  

Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.

 

The #Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit explores how news of the Battle of Lexington went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution. Free with admission to Buckman Tavern.    

10:00 AM - 4:00 PMHancock-Clarke House Tours
36 Hancock St
Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
10:00 AMLiberty Ride Tour
Begins @ Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
11:30 AMLiberty Ride Tour
Begins at Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
12:00 PM - 4:00 PMMunroe Tavern Tours
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. 
7:00 PMHouse of Hancock
Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square
History at Play presents a revolutionary musical weaving together the life of John Hancock with the thrill of Broadway’s Hamilton. Admission tickets will be available online and at Buckman Tavern.
11:30 PM

Revolutionary drum
Paul Revere Ride Reenactment
Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock St
A reenactment of the arrival of Paul Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House. Free.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 15 - PATRIOTS' DAY 
 
5:30 AM


Revolutionary drum
“The Alarm” at the Old Belfry
Massachusetts Ave at Clarke Street
(across from the Battle Green) 
Come ring the bell that sounded the alarm that the British were coming. Free
5:30 AM
(rain date:
Saturday, April 20
5:30 am)


Revolutionary drum
Reenactment of the Battle of Lexington
Lexington Battle Green   

The central event of Patriots’ Day weekend, the Lexington Minute Men have organized and sponsored the Reenactment for 48 years to recreate the birth of American Liberty on Lexington Common in 1775. “They nobly dared to be free!”

 

(Dress rehearsal Sunday, March 31 @ 2 pm; rain date Saturday, April 6 @ 2 pm)

5:30 AM - 4:00 PMOperation: Home Ties’ Post 911 Portrait Tribute Wall of “Faces of Remembrance” and the Massachusetts Vietnam Gold Star Tribute Wall
Masonic Hall, 3 Bedford St
Rain or Shine
Burlington residents Gina Johnson and her brother Paul Roth, co-founders of this volunteer mission, will have both walls on display for viewing. Free
6:00 AM - 5:00 PMLexington Visitors Center
1875  Massachusetts Ave
(across from the Minuteman Statue)
781-862-1450
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms.
6:00 AM - 8:00 AMBuckman Tavern Walk Through Tours and #Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit
1 Bedford St

Walk through the rooms of the historic tavern (interpreters present). Admission tickets available at the house.  Adults $3/Children $1.

 

The #Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit explores how news of the Battle of Lexington went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution. Free with admission to Buckman Tavern.

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Pancake Breakfasts:

  • Boy Scout Troop 160
    St. Brigid Church
    2001 Massachusetts Ave
  • First Baptist Church of Lexington
    1580 Massachusetts Ave
    (across from Police Station) 
  • The Church of Our Redeemer
    6 Meriam Street
    (Massachusetts Ave @ Meriam St)
Fundraisers for the host organizations.

The Church of Our Redeemer: All proceeds to benefit Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP).
7:30 AMSunrise Youth Parade
Starting at Munroe Cemetery driveway, proceeding west along Massachusetts Avenue through Lexington center onto the Battle Green.
 
8:00 AMFirst Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors
Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Admission tickets available at the door. Adults $3/ Children $1
8:00 AM - 2:00 PMBuckman Tavern Tours
1 Bedford St
(across from the Battle Green)  
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.    
8:00 AM - 2:00 PMHancock-Clarke House Tours
36 Hancock St
Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
8:00 AM - 2:00 PMMunroe Tavern Tours
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. 
8:15 AMPatriots’ Day Ceremonies on the Battle Green  
Massachusetts Ave at Bedford St
Free
9:00 AMFirst Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors
Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Admission tickets available at the door. Adults $3/ Children $1
10:00 AMLexington Lions Club 105th Annual Five-Mile Road Race
Starting/ending on Massachusetts Ave at the Battle Green

For more information, call (781) 862-2534 or visit the Lions Club website.

10:00 AMFirst Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors
Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Admission tickets available at the door. Adults $3/ Children $1
10:30 AM - 11:00 AMLexington Minute Men/Daughters of the American Revolution 109th Wreath Laying Ceremony
Battle Green
The Lexington Minute Men and Daughters of the American Revolution 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

 
11:00 AMFirst Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors
Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Admission tickets available at the door. Adults $3/ Children $1
11:15 AM - 12:00 PMAnnual Patriots’ Day Handbell Concert of Patriotic and American Music
Hancock Church
1912 Massachusetts Ave
(the stone church across from the Battle Green)
The concert is family-friendly and includes music played on 5 octaves of handbells and 6 octaves of hand chimes, sure to please listeners of all ages. This year the concert is a multimedia production of American movie and show tunes from such favorites as “The Wizard of Oz”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, The Best of John Williams and many more. Suggested donation of $3 per person to benefit the Hancock Bell Scholarship Fund for ringers to attend skill building workshops.
12:00 PM“What Really Happened That Day.”
First Parish Church, Seven
7 Harrington Rd
Lexington Minute Man Dan Fenn gives a half-hour talk on what really happened on April 19, 1775. Free
12:30 PMFloat Judging
Massachusetts Ave at Pleasant St
Free
1:00 PMPaul Revere Arrives at the Battle Green on Horseback

Greeted by the Board of Selectmen and the Lexington Minute Men. Free

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