New Englanders, don’t miss the fantastic Patriot’s Day celebration this weekend in Concord, MA. Just 16 miles outside of Boston lays the charming and historic town of Concord. The town center itself is very quaint and full of plenty of places to eat, a great cheese shop that’s perfect for picnics and many nice boutiques.
Over Patriot’s Day weekend this town goes back in time and is filled with historians and families coming together to honor the soldiers that fought the war. Do you know where the first shots of the American Revolutionary war were fired? You will discover this and more at the different visitors centers along the Minute Man National Trail, the route that the British and Patriots fought along on April 19, 1775.
I drive by this every day. It’s a beautiful walk, but never is it more fantastic than on Patriot’s Weekend when there is a complete reenactment of the beginning of the war. With cannons and muskets fired, people dressed up in full regalia run through the woods as if in war with fife and drum bands clapping out the beat of war — it’s truly a wonderful family event.
Monday is the day of the parade. Be sure to get to Concord before 8:00 am because they close down the streets for the parade. If you can’t make it Monday, don’t fret as the whole weekend is packed with wonderful family events that will peak the interest of any young historian. The website lists all the events in the area. Keep in mind that it’s Marathon Monday and traffic can be erratic around the race route.
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