Patriot’s Day—a holiday celebrated in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Maine—commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and is a three-day weekend beloved by all locals. For those staying with the Boxer Boston this Patriots’ Day Weekend, which is April 15-18, these are the events and traditions you need to check out.
The Boston Marathon
The Marathon takes place every year on Patriots’ Day, and is the oldest annual marathon in the world. Typically attracting around 30,000 participants and 500,000 spectators to the streets of Beantown, it is a memorable experience for both runners and onlookers. Two of the best places to watch the race are the finish line, located at 665 Boylston street, and Heartbreak Hill near the Boston College campus, the last and largest incline on the course, where runners need the most encouragement.
Paul Revere’s Ride
Every Patriots’ Day, the National Lancers—a volunteer cavalry militia troop—reenact the famous rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes. Events begin on Sunday the 17th at the Old North Church in the North End, less than a mile from the Boxer! This is where brave patriots hung two lanterns, signifying that the British would leave Boston by sea, and this will be the iconic act’s 241st anniversary. The Paul Revere reenactor will begin his ride on Hanover street in the North End Monday morning and will continue through Charlestown, Somerville, Medford, and Arlington before arriving at Lexington Green around 1:00pm.
Fiber Arts Day
On Saturday, April 16 from 1-3 PM, The Paul Revere House offers visitors the chance to try their hands at colonial chores, like spinning fibers and weaving them into cloth. Resident experts Fred and Zoe Lawson will teach beginners how to use a drop spindle and weave on a handloom.
The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a two and a half-mile-long route that leads visitors to a collection of Boston’s most historic sites, including Faneuil Hall, the Old South Meeting House and the USS Constitution. There’s no better time to follow the path than on the anniversary of the start of the Revolution! Whether you would prefer to walk and explore at your own pace or join one of the informative tours led by guides in 18th Century costumes, it’s a unique way to learn about the Revolution and city.
Annual Red Sox Game
Another fun Patriots’ Day pastime is the annual Red Sox game at Fenway Park. These contests are scheduled earlier than usual, giving fans the opportunity to enjoy the marathon and other events going on in the city. This year’s game begins at 11:05 AM and the opponent is the Toronto Blue Jays, the first place team from the AL EAST in 2015. Buy tickets here, or simply enjoy the atmosphere outside Fenway on this special day with a drink at Cask ‘n Flagon.