Massachusetts Celebrates Patriots Day - April 16, 2012
Here in historic Massachusetts, the third Monday of the month of April is set aside for celebrating the anniversary of Paul Revere's ride and the battles of Lexington and Concord. Known as Patriot's Day, this Monday holiday is earmarked by several longstanding traditions.
The most well-known event is, of course, the Boston Marathon. This 26-mile race from Hopkinton to Boston draws all kinds of people, from elite athletes to fund-raising bandits. Residents along the race route set up bleachers and hold all-day parties, cheering on the runners as they fly past.
Downtown Boston is also host to a parade, and in many of the towns nearby you will find Revolutionary War reenactments. With the runners from the marathon, and the patriots from the parade, Boston is full of interesting people on Patriot's Day. And a visit to Old North Church a is time-honored tradition on Patriot's Day. "One if by land, two if by sea."
Patriot's Day is a state holiday, so schools are closed, as are state, county, and municipal offices. This holiday marks the beginning of the public school system's spring break. If you happen to be in Sturbridge on Patriot's Day, you can enjoy musket and militia demonstrations at Old Sturbridge Village. This is truly a day for U.S. history buffs.
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