• Celebrating Patriot’s Day

  • by Lauren Russell

Every third Monday of April, American’s celebrate Patriot’s Day to commemorate the 1775 battles of Lexington and Concord. Known as the battles that began the Revolutionary War, these combats in Lexington and Concord are what made Paul Revere midnight ride famous.

Every area of the country celebrates the day differently. It may depend on where you live. The battles took place near Boston, so it’s understandable that Patriot’s Day is a Massachusetts state holiday. Many schools, municipal offices, and other businesses in the state close for the day. Many residents in Maine welcome a day off as well.

If you visit Lexington or Concord on Patriot’s Day, you may be able to catch a re-enactment of the battles and Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Along with reenactments, you may hear the chiming of the bell that warned the locals of the British invasion. You can also attend various community events including parades, ceremonies, and battle demonstrations.

Along with these festivities, Boston also hosts the internationally-famous Boston Marathon every Patriot’s Day. According to an article in The Atlantic, the Boston Marathon is just one more perfect way to celebrate the holiday. The article states that when the Boston Marathon was in its first planning stages in 1897, “the run was to trace the route of the battle, from Concord back through Lexington and then on to Boston, with the runners following the path of the patriots roused to action in the countryside.” Of course, according to the article, the location of Concord was not practical, and so the route was changed. The patriotic vibe at the marathon was only made stronger in recent years after the marathon bombings took place in 2013. The incident caused Americans to come together once more. to show unity, determination, and resilience.

If you’re celebrating from home, there are a number of ways to mark the occasion. Hang the American flag outside your home, watch the marathon from your TV, or brush up on your knowledge of the battles of Lexington and Concord.