Those living in Massachusetts, Maine, Wisconsin, as well as many Floridians are well aware of Patriots’ Day and the holiday’s importance, but for many living in the rest of the country, Patriots’ Day and its yearly traditions are a mystery.
Patriots’ Day was proclaimed as a public holiday in Massachusetts in 1894 by Frederic T. Greenhalge, the state’s governor. The holiday commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
The state holiday is celebrated each year on the third Monday of April and is an official state holiday in Massachusetts, Maine, and Wisconsin. The holiday is also encouraged to be celebrated by the citizens of Florida. Although Patriots’ Day is celebrated in various regions of the United States, nothing compares to the magnitude of the holiday in the Bay State, where the day is full of festivities such as the Boston Marathon and an annual home Red Sox game that starts at 11:05am.
However, with most Patriots’ Day events in Boston ending earlier in the day, we wanted to explore a few options for afternoon activities in and around Beantown.
Tour the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path in downtown Boston that passes by 16 locations that relate to the history of the United States in one way or another. Stops on the trail include the Massachusetts State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the Paul Revere House.
Time to Complete the Tour: 2-3 hours
Cost: Free (Unless you opt for a guided tour)
Attend the Patriots’ Day Parade in Lexington
Home to the site of the Battle of Lexington, Lexington, MA has many activates taking place on Patriots’ Day. Although you may have missed the battle on Lexington Green reenactment, which stated at 5:30am, you still have time to catch the town’s parade. Starting at 2pm, the parade will start at Massachusetts Avenue and Maple Street and will proceed through Lexington Center.
Visit the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Located on Congress Street, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum feature’s a fully narrated guided tour, 3D holographic interactive exhibits, two replica tall ships, the Eleanor and the Beaver, and the Robinson Tea Chest, which is one of two known tea chests from the Boston Tea Party. Museum goers even get to dump tea into the ocean!
Time: Museum tours begin every 30 minutes
Take a Boston Duck Tour
Tour Boston on a WWII style amphibious vehicle that takes you past some of Boston’s most recognizable sites, including the State House, Beacon Hill, TD Garden, and Boston Common. After touring the city by land, the amphibious vehicle travels down the Charles River for spectacular views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.
Departure Locations: Prudential Center, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium
Time: Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9am until an hour before sunset