Partriots’ Day

By | Apr 19, 2010

April 19, 1775 has been determined to be the first battle of the American Revolution. It was on that day that the Battles of Lexington and Concord, near Boston were fought. The first shots were fired shortly after first light.

This day is observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Maine, which until it became an independent State and admitted into the United States on March 15, 1820 was part of Massachusetts as Patriots’ Day.

Since 1969 Patriots’ Day has been observed on the third Monday in April.

The day is commemorated each year with dramatic battle re-enactments, parades and ceremonies throughout Massachusetts. There is an re-enactment of the battle on Lexington Green that begins at dawn. Many of the spectators arrive hours before dawn essentially spending the night.

On Patriots’ Day the Boston marathon has been run. First on April 19th whenever that day may have fell and now on the 3rd Monday in April. Also since 1959 the Boston Red Sox has been schedule is such that they have a home game on each Patriots’ Day with many of these games beginning at 11 AM which usually results in the game ending just as the marathon is heading through Kenmore Square.

It’s not too hard to be confused, since September 11th has been proclaimed Patriot Day. A day designated in memory of the nearly three thousand who died as a result of the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.


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