When Is Patriots' Day?
Patriot's Day, sometimes referred to as Patriots Day, is usually held on the third Monday of April. Patriot's Day is to commemorate the Battles of Concord and Lexington fought near Boston, Massachusetts in 1775; the first skirmishes leading to the separation from England. Patriot's Day is a state holiday for both Massachusetts and Maine complete with local celebrations, ceremonies, and activities. State and Local government offices, not federal, also show their support of the holiday by closing for business.
In 1775, the first battles of the American Revolution were fought at Lexington and Concord setting in motion actions that have evolved the country to its present standing. Those first engagements are the basis for reenactments held throughout Maine and Massachusetts to honor American independence. Patriot's Day is host to other events including what is known as "Marathon Monday" and the running of the Boston marathon, the world's oldest marathon. The Red Sox have shown their support of the holiday by hosting a home game against an American league rival at Fenway Park, a tradition that has held since 1959.
The weekend surrounding the holiday sends thousands of people to Minute Man National Historic Park where there are parades and commemorative ceremonies to coincide with reenactments. Events involve The North Bridge, the arrival of the Sudbury Militia, and the "Mourn Arms" ceremony to laud fallen soldiers of the past. Local and state parks between Boston and Concord experience new generations of Paul Revere as he warns the people of the British invasion.
For the people of Maine and Massachusetts, Patriot's Day reminds them of how important being an American truly is and what was fought for and given up by generations past so that society can enjoy the liberties available in the present. Most Americans show some form of patriotism, but never is it so completely exhibited than by those partaking in celebration respecting our founding fathers.