Battle Road Events - March and April 2023
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
individual organizers. Items in gray have not been confirmed
and may not be held. Please contact
the event organizers directly.
<![endif]>Battle Road Colonial Muster, Saturday March 25, 2023, at
Minuteman National Park – A
mandatory muster for all participants.
Information for details.
Rehearsal for the Battle on Lexington Green - Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm on the Battle Green, Lexington Center.
This is the public
dress rehearsal for the Patriots Day reenactment of the skirmish of April
19. 1775. Contact: Lexington Minute Men via email, or the 10th Regiment of Foot.
Events for Saturday April 5th:
- Bedford Parade and Pole Capping - Saturday, April 8,
2023 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
soldiers will arrive to disrupt the festivities.
Contact: The Bedford Minuteman Company.
- Meriam's Corner Exercise - Saturday, April 8, 2023 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
Revere Capture Ceremony - Saturday, April 8, 2023 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.
ROAD EVENTS SATURDAY April 15th, 2023:
March and Wreath laying - Saturday, April 15, 2023: The Lexington Minutemen
are called to arms by Captain Parker at 9:30 am on Lexington Green,
marching to the battle site for a noon ceremony at the Parker’s
evacuees on the Battle Road – leaving from the Smith
House, Lincoln, at noon.
Revenge Scenario – Saturday, April 15, 2023: A tactical scenario
along the historical road near the Whittemore House at 1:00 pm by British
and Colonial soldiers.
Contact: Minute Man National
- Jason Russell House in Arlington may be open for tours on Saturday April 15, 2023 from 1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm. Contact the Arlington
Historical Society for further
- Re-enactors assemble at Munroe
Tavern, Saturday, April 15, 2023 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, 2023 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Tower Park on
Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington. A battle in the American Revolution
will be demonstrated for the public in this natural amphitheater site.
Contact: Lexington Minutemen or the Tenth Regiment of Foot.
- Not held this year - Jason Russell House Battle Re-enactment, Sunday, April 16, 2023 at noon: pm: Battle Re-enactment open for
house tours through the afternoon. Contact the Menotomy Minutemen or Arlington Historical Society.
- Search the Colonel Barrett House,
Sunday April 16, 2023 from 1:30 to 4:30 - visit the Col. Barrett
House, experience the intense military preparations that launched America
into the Revolutionary War. British soldiers arrive to search the
Barrett’s Mill Rd, Concord.
at Minuteman National Park for details.
<![endif]>Lincoln Salute: Festival of 18th Century Fife & Drum Music Pierce
Park, 17 Weston Road, Lincoln, MA, Sunday April 16, 2023 at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. The Lincoln Minute
Men host fife and drum groups in a musical performance for your enjoyment.
Stirring and fun. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs for rousing
- Paul Revere's Arrival in Lexington - Sunday, April
16, 2023 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
Ride, Sunday April 16, 2023 - 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.
<![if !supportLists]>o <![endif]>5pm at the Robbins' Home site - soccer fields at bottom of Concord Rd.
<![if !supportLists]>o <![endif]>5:20 at the Isaac Davis Homestead - 39 Hayward Road
<![if !supportLists]>o <![endif]>5:40 at the Faulkner Homestead - 5 High St. in So. Acton (corner of Rte.
<![if !supportLists]>o <![endif]>5:55 at the Liberty Tree Farm - 24 Liberty St., also in So. Acton
Alarm and Muster at the White Church, Sunday April 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm -
Library Lawn opposite First Parish, 3 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA
DAY MONDAY April 17th:
- Stow Minutemen Patriots Day Trail March - Monday,
April 17, 2023 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,
2023 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, 2023 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 (open in a new tab) for important details and restrictions
on backpacks, large containers and ladders.
Breakfasts - Monday, April 17, 2023 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.
- Isaac Davis March to Concord - Monday, April 17, 2023 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, 2023, 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 a.m.
Contact: Lincoln Minute Men
Sunrise Youth Parade - Monday, April 17, 2023 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, 2023, 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,
2023, 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,
2023 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, 2023, 11:15am to
12noon at Hancock Church, 1912 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. The handbell choirs of Hancock
Church present patriotic and American music. Lighthearted and family-friendly,
the concert includes music played on 5 octaves of hand bells and chimes by
ringers young and old. See
Hancock Church Events or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russell House Open House, April 19, 2023
from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact the Arlington
Revere's Arrival at Lexington Green - Monday, April 17, 2023, 1:00 pm in Lexington center. Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations
Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
- Lexington Patriots Day Parade, Monday April
17, 2023, stepping off at 2:00 pm – Massachusetts Avenue through East Lexington
and Lexington Center.
- The Patriot Vigil, North
Bridge, Lantern light procession: April 18, 2023 7:45 pm from North Bridge
Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St. Concord MA, Ceremony at North Bridge 8:00
– 8:45 pm. This
evening ceremony will feature a lantern-light procession, poetry, music,
and a recitation of the names of the soldiers who gave their lives on that
“ever-memorable” 19th of April.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
<![endif]>Dawn Salute at the North Bridge - Tuesday,
April 19, 2023 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 speeches. Contact: Minute Man National Historical
- Arrival of the
Sudbury Militia, North Bridge, Concord,
Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 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.
<![endif]>Patriots Day Candlelight Tribute at Fairview
Cemetery, Westford MA, Wednesday, April 19, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Fairview
Cemetery, Westford MA
Main St & Tadmuck Rd, Westford MA 01886 - This Patriots
Day (April 19th) pay homage to our fallen Revolutionary
War Patriots. Stroll the beautifully illuminated, old division of historic
Fairview Cemetery for our first-ever candlelight tribute. Access the service records of
Westford’s Revolutionary War Soldiers on your phone or tablet as you are
strolling through the cemetery. Colonial interpreters will be present to answer
questions. Use the Tadmuck Road entrance to enter the
cemetery. Hosted by the Westford Museum & Historical society.
For more information see our website at museum.westford.org
- Old Burial Ground Tribute, Lincoln, MA - Sunday, April 23, 2023 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 email@example.com.