Patriots Day in Concord MA

On April 19, 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles at Lexington and Concord between British “Redcoats” and colonial Minutemen.

Redcoat column advances from Lexington to Concord

Redcoat column advances from Lexington to Concord.

Patriots Day, the Monday nearest April 19th, is a public holiday in Massachusetts and Maine. All Massachusetts state, county and town government offices, libraries, and some local businesses close, though federal government offices, post offices, offices of large interstate and international companies, and most shops remain open.

Loading the brass cannon

Loading the brass cannon...

Patriots Day events in Concord include a parade with lots of fife-and-drum bands and groups of Minutemen from surrounding towns and as far away as Michigan.

Patriots Day parade in Concord

Patriots Day parade in Concord.

The parade is followed by a re-enactment of the battle at Old North Bridge, commemorative ceremonies, and the repeated firing of brass cannons by the Concord Independent Battery.

Redcoats retreat across Old North Bridge

The Redcoats retreat across Old North Bridge.

Minutemen cross Old North Bridge

The Minutemen pursue them.

Musket smoke on Old North Bridge

Everybody fires!

Brass cannon fires

Brass cannon fires! Babies cry! Adults cheer!

Pancakes at the Colonial Inn

Pancakes for the multitudes at the Colonial Inn.