Patriots' Day (sometimes spelled Patriot's Day or Patriots Day) is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and state of Maine (once part of Massachusetts), and a public school observance day in Wisconsin. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts (around 9am). In the morning, a mounted reenactor with State Police escort retraces Paul Revere's ride, calling out warnings the whole way.
The Boston Red Sox have been traditionally scheduled to play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots Day every year since 1959. They were postponed due to bad weather in 1959, 1961, 1965, 1967, and 1984 and did not play in 1995 during the players strike. In recent years the games have started early at 11:00 in the morning, and even 10:00am in 2007, this creates an effect of the game ending just as the marathon is heading through Kenmore Square.
As holiday with little Maine fanfare, Patriots Day has identity problem ; Some say it's redundant with the Fourth of July, but Ogunquit is trying to spark some patriotic fireworks.
Apr 21, 2009; RAY ROUTHIER By RAY ROUTHIER Staff Writer Portland Press Herald (Maine) 04-21-2009 As holiday with little Maine fanfare, Patriots...
Patriots Day race enters new era ; Curtis Wheeler and Carry Buterbaugh win the 80th edition of Maine's oldest road race.
Apr 20, 2009; GLENN JORDAN By GLENN JORDAN Staff Writer Portland Press Herald (Maine) 04-20-2009 Patriots Day race enters new era ; Curtis...