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Patriots’ Day 2024 Concord: Remembering the past, inspiring the future

Patriot’s Day is Monday, April 15, 2024

Please note – North Bridge Fight commemoration cancelled due to flooding and parade route modified.

Still heard around the world: Patriots’ Day is not just the remembrance of a historical event; it’s an embodiment of the ideals of liberty and pursuit of justice that form the bedrock of our country. Patriot’s Day commemorates the first battle of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775, and although Patriot’s Day is observed on the third Monday of April, ceremonies and reenactments take place throughout the month. Join us this Patriot’s Day!

Patriot’s Day 2024 is especially significant as Concord prepares for Concord250 next year, the 250th anniversary of the historic battles of Concord and Lexington. The following year, 2026, marks the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Patriot’s Day observances take place in towns and cities around Concord, including Boston, Cambridge, Arlington, Medford, Lexington, Concord, and Lincoln.

Minuteman National Historic Park

Patriot’s Day in Lexington

Battleroad.org

 

Patriots’ Day Parade

Patriots’ Day Parade begins 9 a.m., Monday, April 15; starting from the Hunt Gym on Stow St. The three-hour parade covers a distance of 3.5 miles, following a route through Concord Center.

Event Details

The Patriots’ Day Parade goes forward rain, snow or muck and covers a route of approximately 3.5 miles.  The Parade steps off from the Hunt Gym on Stow St at 9 am. The Patriot’s Day parade route will be modified due to North Bridge flooding.

Parade route, parking and road closures

Reenactments, historical homes, commemorations and more:

Ellen Garrison Day Activities

April 14

It’s Time to Celebrate Ellen, Sunday, April 14, 3-5 p.m. at the Concord Armory, 91 Everett St. Concord. Honoring the 201st birthday of Concord’s native daughter Ellen Garrison, educator and activist. Featuring a behind-the-scenes peek at the new Half the History film, Ellen Garrison, Scene from an Activist’s Life, with producers Jennifer Burton and Julie Dobrow from Tuft’s University, honored Altadena, Calif., community leader Veronica James, inspiring poet Same Williams and special musical guest Shy Kira Allen, star of The Umbrella Art’s recent production of The Color Purple. Free, open to everyone, and suitable for all ages. Presented by the Robbins House, The Umbrella Arts Center and Concord250.

April 15

10:00am – 4:00pm

Enjoy free admission to the Museum and visit the immersive April 19, 1775 gallery to see the “One if by land, two if by sea” lantern hung in the North Church to signal Paul Revere on his midnight ride. During your visit, participate in drop-in activities to learn about life and craft in the colonies. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Witness the brave Acton Minutemen company in an encampment outside the Museum as they drill with muskets to prepare for battle, cook over a firepit, and demonstrate colonial spinning and sewing. Supported by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

Beware of a Red Coat from the British Army roaming the galleries looking for Provincial

rebels. Talk with him about the experiences of the Red Coats on April 19, 1775. Supported by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

Patriot Vigil

Thursday, April 18, 2024
North Bridge, Concord
Ceremony 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Luminaria 7:30 pm- 9:00 pm

As darkness descends upon the North Bridge battlefield we invite you to come and reflect on the events of April 19, 1775 and the meaning of liberty. The evening ceremony will feature a lantern-light procession, poetry, music, and a recitation of the names of the soldiers who gave their lives on that “ever-memorable” 19th of April.
The path from the North Bridge Visitor Center to the North Bridge will be lighted with 122 luminaries to honor those who lost their lives in the battle.

Lantern light procession* starts at North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St, Concord, MA
*To participate in the lantern-light procession, please provide your own REAL candle lantern. The procession will begin at North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty Street, Concord Ma. From there we will march down the quarter-mile path to the North Bridge where the ceremony will take place. Participants are welcome to wear 18th century clothing if they choose, but please do not bring muskets.

Parking:
North Bridge Visitor Center: 174 Liberty Street, Concord, MA
North Bridge Parking Lot: 280 Monument Street, Concord, MA

Hartwell Tavern Open House

April 19, 2024
10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Hartwell Tavern is a restored 18th century home located along the Battle Road in Minute Man National Historical Park. On the 249th Anniversary of the battle you will have an opportunity to explore the interior of Hartwell Tavern and talk with interpreters dressed in eighteenth century attire. Learn about the experiences of the Hartwell Family on April 19, 1775 or talk about popular drinks consumed in the 18th century tavern room!
The Minute Men: Neighbor’s In Arms – 11:00 am Ranger Program
(30 Minutes)
What did it mean to be a minute man in 1775? How were they trained and armed? Join a park ranger at the historic Hartwell Tavern in Lincoln Ma, where John and Isaac Hartwell, two minute men from the town of Lincoln, lived. Discover the motivations and realities faced by those who volunteered to be “ready at a minute’s warning.” This program includes a musket firing demonstration. Visitors with hearing concerns should exercise caution.The Aftermath of Battle – 2:00 pm Ranger Program
(30 Minutes)

When the fighting ended on April 19, 1775 a road of carnage stretched over 16 miles from Concord to Boston. On the 249th Anniversary of the battle, join a park ranger at the historic Hartwell Tavern in Lincoln Ma, to learn the harrowing stories of those who buried the dead, cared for the wounded and faced an uncertain world in the days following.

Parking:
Hartwell Parking Lot: 112 North Great Road, Lincoln, Ma.

DAWN SALUTE

  • April 19, 6 a.m.
  • Muster at Buttrick Hillside at 5:45 a.m.

Schedule

Church bells at 1st Parish toll at 5:45 a.m. to sound the alarm.

“Dr. Prescott” arrives at the North Bridge after riding across the fields calling out the warning to towns and villages that the Regulars were on the march and that their destination was Concord. The Concord Minutemen fire salutes and the Concord Independent Battery fire several volleys from the field at the Old Manse.

Discover Concord magazine has a listing of key Patriots Day events and an illustrated timeline of the events of April 19, 1775.

Historic Videos of Patriots Days

Patriots Day 1925

Patriots Day 1950

Details

Date:
April 15
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Venue

Location:
Concord Center
Address:
58 Main St
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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