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Patriots Day & Local History

Aw Patriots Day – no, it’s not just about Marathon Monday…Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 – the start of the American Revolutionary War. Since 1969 this day has been observed over a period of days before, on, and after the third Monday in April, with reenactments and parades.

Do you realize how lucky you truly are to live in an area with so much history? I didn’t always appreciate it! Yes, we had our school field trips and I remember being dragged as 

kid by my parents but, I honestly didn’t learn to appreciate it all until I was in my early twenties and went for a bike ride thru the Minuteman National Park. I stopped and read every informational plaque, stopped in every open historic home, watched the re-

enactments and investigated every nook along the trail. I fell in love with the history. Since, I have re-explored every historical location I was brought to as a child and discovered new along the way!

Now we all know the history we have in Boston, but did you know how much history is

just 15 minutes away from Billerica??? Have you visited Concord or

Lexington yet? If not, I highly recommend it! Walk the Battle Road and imagine the Minute Men from Billerica, Bedford, Lexington, Concord and the surrounding communities coming together – banning together!


Take a Liberty Ride Tour and visit many historical sites including the infamous Battle Green, the Belfry Tower, the Old Burying Ground, the Old North Bridge and so much more!

OR Better yet on Monday April 15 meet in Lexington and witness first hand at 5:30 am

(yes, sorry it may be too early for some of you) how it all started! The ring of the bell, the gathering of minute men and the first shot heard around the world! (rain date April 20th at 5:30am)

Schedule of events – more fun stuff through out the entire weekend and also on Patriots Day in the afternoon if that 5:30am event is just way too early for you!

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