Battle Road 2017 Events - March and April 2017
Unless noted, there is no
charge to attend any of the events below. Every effort has been made to create
an accurate events list, but please verify dates, times and locations with the
Boston Massacre Re-Enactment -
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Old State House,
Boston. Further information will be posted on the Bostonian Society Calendar.
Battle Scenarios at The Rebecca Nurse Homestead, Saturday March 25, 2017,
Danvers, MA - A “warmup” event for local
re-enactors, this is a one-day wargame with 18th Century rules. Units participating in Battle Road may
be inspected at this event.
POSTPONED to April 8th
- Dress Rehearsal for the Battle on Lexington Green - Sunday, April
2, 2017 at 2:00 pm on the Battle Green, Lexington
This is the dress rehearsal for the Patriots Day
reenactment of the skirmish of April 19. 1775. Contact: Lexington Minute Men via email.
Events April 8th:
- Bedford Parade and Pole Capping - Saturday, April 8,
2017 at 10:30 am at Wilson Park in Bedford
Minutemen from throughout New England will convene on the Town Common and
march with fife and drum down The Great Road to Wilson Park to watch the
official Pole Capping tradition. A minuteman will proclaim freedom by
shinnying up a 25-foot pole and placing a red cap atop it, and British
soldier will arrive to disrupt the festivities.
Contact: The Bedford Minuteman Company.
- Meriam's Corner Exercise - Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm
at Meriam's Corner, Lexington Rd., Concord
The town of Concord, joined by area minute companies and Minute Man
National Historical Park, commemorate the fight at Meriam's Corner that
sparked the six-hour running battle back to Boston.
Man National Historical Park
Rehearsal for the Battle on Lexington Green - Sunday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm on the Battle Green, Lexington Center.
This is the dress
rehearsal for the Patriots Day reenactment of the skirmish of April 19.
1775. Contact: Lexington Minute Men via email.
Revere Capture Ceremony - Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm, Paul Revere
Capture Site of Minute Man National Historical Park, Route 2A, Lincoln.
The Minute Men march down Battle Road and narrate the story of
Revere’s capture at the actual site. Hear Revere, Samuel Prescott,
William Dawes, Mary Hartwell, even Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Music,
dramatic reading and musket fire in the Park. For all ages. Contact: Lincoln Minute Men.
Oliver House, Middleborough, MA – Saturday evening April 8, 2017. Ghost
tours in support of preserving this pristine 18th Century
homestead. See https://www.facebook.com/The.Oliver.House.MA/
ROAD EVENTS SATURDAY April 15th, 2017:
- Please note:
The "Battle Road" event will focus on Parker’s
Revenge, near the Route 2A Visitors Center and the Whittimore
House in Lexington.
- “Armed as
According to Law.” – Captain David Brown’s
Company of Minute Men: 8 a.m. to noon, North Bridge, Concord; 1 to 5 p.m.
Concord Museum. Visit North Bridge and Concord Museum and see Capt. David
Brown’s Company, a nearly full strength recreated minute company,
demonstrate drill maneuvers and musket firings. Learn about militia duty
in colonial Massachusetts and what it meant to be “armed as
according to law.”
- Life on the Battle
Road: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hartwell Tavern and Captain William
Smith House, Lincoln. Hartwell Tavern and the Capt. William Smith House
will be open. Park staff and living history volunteers from the Lincoln
Minute Men, the Guild of Historic Interpreters, and the Ladies of Refined
Taste will be demonstrating various aspects of life in Massachusetts at
the beginning of the American Revolution.
Revenge Scenario - Saturday, April 15, 2017: The Lexington Minutemen are called
to arms by Captain Parker at 10:00 am on Lexington Green, marching to the
battle site for a 1:30 pm salute near Fiske Hill, Lexington, followed by a
tactical scenario along the historical road near the Whittemore
House at 2:00 pm by British and Colonial soldiers. Contact: Lexington Minute
Men or Minute Man National
- Jason Russell House in Arlington will be open for tours on Saturday April 15, 2017 from 1:00
pm to 4:00 pm. Contact the Arlington
Historical Society for further
- Re-enactors assemble at Munroe
Tavern, Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Munroe Tavern,
Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. British troops arrive on the
retreat from Concord and occupy the Tavern, tending to their wounded and
planning their next steps. The
Tavern will be open for tours.
- Tower Park Battle - Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Munroe Tavern and Tower
Park on Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington. A battle in the American
Revolution will be demonstrated for the public in this natural
Contact: Lexington Minutemen or the Tenth Regiment of Foot.
April 16th: Easter
Sunday. The Minuteman National
Park will sponsor various exhibits and interpreters at its historic sites.
- Sunday, April 16, 2017 – 1 to 4
pm. Visit the Col. Barrett
House and experience the intense military preparations that helped launch
America into the Revolutionary War.
448 Barrett’s Mill Rd, Concord. See Events at Minuteman
National Park for details.
- Paul Revere's Arrival in Lexington - Sunday, April
16, 2017 at 11:30 pm at the Hancock/Clarke House on Hancock
Street, Lexington, MA,
1/8th mile west of Buckman
Tavern and the Green. Contact: Lexington
SALUTE: Festival of 18th Century Fife & Drum Music Pierce Park, 17 Weston
Road, Lincoln, MA 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. The
Lincoln Minute Men host fife and drum groups from as far away as Michigan in a
musical performance for your enjoyment. Stirring and fun. Bring your picnic
basket and lawn chairs for rousing entertainment.
The Acton Minutemen will portray the spreading of the alarm throughout Acton
with a horse and rider galloping past the homes of Acton’s 4 militia
leaders. At the historic Faulkner Homestead, Colonel Faulkner himself will fire
3 alarm shots into the air with his musket, and those shots will be repeated
again and again off in the distance, illustrating how the alarm was spread.
o 5pm at the
Robbins' Home site - soccer fields at bottom of Concord Rd.
o 5:20 at the Isaac
Davis Homestead - 39 Hayward Road
o 5:40 at the
Faulkner Homestead - 5 High St. in So. Acton (corner of Rte. 27)
o 5:55 at the
Liberty Tree Farm - 24 Liberty St., also in So. Acton
Sunday, April 16: ALARM & MUSTER AT
THE WHITE CHURCH, Library Lawn opposite First Parish, 3 Bedford Road, Lincoln,
MA 7:00 p.m.
DAY MONDAY April 17th:
- Stow Minutemen Patriots Day Trail March - Monday,
April 17, 2017 at 4:15 am in
Stow. The Stow Annual Trail
March and Parade starts from Stow Lower Common. The air is cool and quiet,
but not for long as the sounds of the fifes and drums and the firing of
the muskets awaken the townsfolk along the route. The Minutemen arrive at
the North Bridge around 9 am then join up with the Concord parade.
Contact: Stow Minutemen
- Col. John Robinson Trail March - Monday, April 17,
2017 at 4:45 am in Westford
Every year members of the Westford Colonial Minutemen walk the route
travelled by the Westford militia and minute companies as they answered
the alarm on April 19th, 1775. The public is in invited to join them in
the 10-mile walk that ends at Concord's North Bridge. Contact: Westford Minutemen.
Battle on Lexington Green - Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:30 am in Lexington center.
This event recreates the historic
skirmish in Lexington on the first day of the American Revolution.
Following the ringing of the bell in the Old Belfry, members of the Lexington Training Band (now known as the
Minutemen) gather on Lexington Green to await the column of British
Regulars as they march into the town center. A shot rings out, the
skirmish follows, and the British column marches on towards Concord
leaving dead and wounded behind.
see the Town of Lexington’s Schedule
of Events for important details and restrictions on backpacks, large
containers and ladders.
Breakfasts - Monday, April 17, 2017 in
Brigid Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop
160. 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost.
Baptist Church, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue (across from the police
station). 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost..
of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street. 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Nominal cost.
- Isaac Davis March to Concord - Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:00
am at the Isaac Davis Homestead, 37 Hayward Road, Acton. The Acton
Minutemen will make their annual march to the North Bridge in Concord,
arriving at 9:00 am, where they will lead the fight against the
British regulars across the Old North Bridge. Contact: The Acton Minutemen
- Lincoln Minute Men Dawn Tribute and the March to
Concord - Monday, April 17, 2017, outside Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, 6:40
am. The Lincoln Minute Men will salute the patriots
buried in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery. Roll
call is read, fifers play a lament, minute men mysteriously emerge from
the morning mists in the cemetery, and a musket salute is fired. The Minute Men begin their march along Sandy Pond Road.toward Concord with colonial music and musket
fire. All ages welcome to walk along. The Concord Parade steps off at 9:00
Contact: Lincoln Minute Men
Sunrise Youth Parade - Monday, April 17, 2017 starting at 7:30 am at Munroe Cemetery driveway, Massachusetts
Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
- Commemoration of the Battle at North Bridge - Monday
April 17, 2017, from 8:00 am.
The peace of the Concord countryside will once more be shattered musket
fire as British and colonial reenactors, park rangers and volunteers
commemorate the fateful morning of April 19, 1775 - the first time that colonists
were ordered to fire upon British soldiers that became known as "the
shot heard 'round the world."
Man National Historical Park
Arms Ceremony at British Graves, North Bridge, Concord - Monday April 17,
2017, approximately 8:30 am: Prior to the Concord
Parade, British Regulars from the King's Own 4th Regiment of Foot,
Tenth Regiment of Foot,
and First Foot Guards will Mourn Arms and salute the
fallen soldiers of the 4th at Old North Bridge.
- Concord's Patriots Day Parade - Monday, April 17,
2017 starting at 9:00 am in Concord
Center. Contact: Concord
Chamber of Commerce via email or at 978 369-3120.
- Lexington’s Patriots Day Road Race,
starting at Lexington Green at 10:00 am.
- Patriots' Day Handbell
Concert of American Music - Monday April 17, 2017, 11:15 am to 12 noon, Hancock Church, 1912 Mass
Ave, Lexington (the stone church across from the Battle Green). You’ll
find yourself swaying to upbeat music of America, including patriotic
favorites, spirituals, ragtime, marches and more. The music is rung
on 5 octaves of English handbells by ringers of
all ages in a program that is light-hearted and family-friendly. Suggested
donation is $3 per person. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Come
sit down and enjoy this fun concert carefully timed to follow the morning
Road Race. Contact: 781-862-4220 or email@example.com.
Russell House Open House, April 17, 2017
from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact the Arlington
Revere's Arrival at Lexington Green - Monday, April 17, 2017, 1:00 pm in Lexington center. Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations
Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
- Lexington Patriots Day Parade, Monday April
17, 2017, stepping off at 2:00 pm – Massachusetts Avenue through East Lexington
and Lexington Center.
- Sudbury March to Concord - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 3:45 am in Wayland center and 5:45 am in Sudbury
Show your fortitude and love of our history with this annual march through
Wayland and Sudbury to Concord, arriving at the North Bridge at
approximately 11:30 am. Contact: Sudbury
Companies of Militia and Minute
Salute at the North Bridge - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:00 am at Minute Man
National Historical Park, Monument Street, Concord
The Concord Minute Men, the Concord Independent Battery and the Old Guard
Fifes and Drums observe the opening battle of the American Revolutionary
War in a moving musket and cannon salute to America's past. Following
this, join Park staff and volunteer for a wreath laying and historical
Contact: Minute Man National Historical Park
- Arrival of the
Sudbury Militia, North Bridge, Concord,
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 11:30 a.m. (approximately). The Sudbury Companies of
Militia and Minute will make their annual march to North Bridge from the
Town of Sudbury, in honor of their fellow townsmen who made a similar march
on April 19, 1775. They will fire three musket volleys from North Bridge
as a soldierly salute.
- Battle Road Heroes at the Hartwell Tavern Parking
area - Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Minute Man National
Historical Park, Route 2A, Lincoln. Tours leave every 15 minutes.
Listen to the personal stories
of residents who lived along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775. Join the
Guild of Historic Interpreters for a special evening of theater and
history. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission: $5.00 per person,
$10.00 per family. Children wearing their Junior Ranger Badges may attend
the program for free.
Man National Historical Park
- Old Burial Ground Tribute, Lincoln, MA - Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm, the Lincoln Minute Men will assemble at
the Pierce House and at 2:30 pm march to the Town Cemetery on
Lexington Road. The Minute Men will be accompanied by clergy, honored
guests, and a contingent of British Regulars accompanied by a bagpiper.
There will be gravesite ceremonies honoring both the Lincoln patriots of
the Revolution and the five British soldiers who were killed in Lincoln on
April 19, 1775, and buried there. Following the ceremonies, the Minute Men
and their guests will march back to the Pierce House, where refreshments
will be served to all, courtesy of the Lincoln
Historical Society. For further information, contact the Lincoln Minute
Men at firstname.lastname@example.org.