Patriots’ Day is a state holiday in Maine and Massachusetts held on the third Monday of April each year. It commemorates the events of 19 April, 1775, which culminated in the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
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The back story of Lexington and Concord began when the British made plans to seize a stash of Patriot munitions stored in Lexington. The plan was discovered, and Paul Revere made his “immortal” ride to warn of the dastardly plot. Minute men sprang into action to oppose the British soldiers marching down the road.
There was a standoff that finally resulted in the mysterious “shot heard round the world,” which no one knows who fired, that began the American Revolution. Americans fought a hit and run style action against the British at Lexington and Concord and successfully moved the munitions to another, safer, location.
In Massachusetts and Maine, Patriots’ Day is basically a day off work for adults and out of school for kids. But in the towns of Lexington and Concord, reenactments of the battles fought there long ago are held every year. Those who come to see the reenactments also can ring the warning bell that warned the British were coming and attend seminars, concerts, races, and other special events.