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Patriot’s Day

Patriot's Day is a commemoration of the battle of Lexington and Concord. This battle took place near Boston in 1775.

Upcoming Dates & Where They Are Celebrated

Patriot's Day is held annually on the third Monday of April. It is observed in Massachusetts and Maine. Here are the upcoming dates:

Monday, April 17, 2017
Monday, April 16, 2018
Monday, April 15, 2019
Monday, April 20, 2020
Monday, April 19, 2021
Monday, April 18, 2022
Monday, April 17, 2023
Monday, April 15, 2024
Monday, April 21, 2025

Where Is Patriot's Day Considered A Holiday?

In the states of Massachusetts and Maine, this day is considered a state holiday. There is no school on this day, given that it falls on the spring break. Many businesses are closed for observation as well. However, federal buildings are still open as it's not a federal holiday. Public transportation may be reduced, so look at the transit schedule when you're marking your holiday calendar. In Wisconsin, schools use this day to educate students about the events of Patriot's Day. It is not a holiday in any other state.

Festivities & Events During Patriot's Day

The celebration of Patriot's Day depends on the location. There is a re-enactment of the battle in the area around Lexington and Concord. The bell on the statue is rang during the re-enactment as well. Other events that occur on Patriot's Day are lectures, concerts and even road races. In Maine and Massachusetts, Patriot's Day is a long weekend, either falling on a Friday or a Monday. Therefore, many families may choose to plan a holiday for this weekend. There is also the option of having a cook out with local friends, if you don't want to travel!

A Brief History Of Patriot's Day

In 1775, most of the eastern United States was controlled by British colonies. One of the first battles for independence (known as the American Revolutionary War) was Lexington and Concord. This celebrates the battle, but also the United States gaining independence. Paul Revere is one of the most spoken about patriots, being the one who spread the word about The Boston Tea Party and the Lexington Minutemen.