12 Interesting Facts about Patriots Day

It’s another April holiday but only for a few. While Bostonians know today as Marathon Monday, for other residents of Massachusetts and Maine, the third Monday in April is Patriot’s Day – a state holiday. Here are some interesting facts about Patriot’s Day.

12 Interesting Facts about Patriots Day

  1. Patriot’s Day commemorates the events that led eventually to American independence. The celebrations last throughout the weekend.
  2. Massachusetts, Maine and much of the Eastern United States were British colonies until the late 18th century.
  3. Maine was once part of Massachusetts.
  4. Lexington and Concord were the locations for early battles in the American War of Independence.
  5. The American Revolution started on April 19, 1775.
  6. The American War of Independence or American Revolution was once known as the American Revolutionary War.
  7. Although this date is officially listed as a holiday in Tennessee, it is not a public holiday there.
  8. Although Patriot’s Day is a public holiday in those states, it is not a federal holiday.
  9. Many people celebrate the day by re-enacting the historical battles that started the war. These take place at Lexington Green and the Old North Bridge.
  10. One important feature of the re-enactment is a ride retracing the route of Paul Revere and William Dawes when they warned that the British were coming.
  11. In Wisconsin, where the date is not a holiday, there is special education in schools about these events on April 19.
  12. Patriots Day has been observed since the 18th century. In addition to battle re-enactments, flag raising and costume parades form part of the celebrations.

Looking for Patriot’s Day celebrations? Here’s a list of events planned for Patriot’s Day 2012.

Don’t forget about our airport parking coupon if when you fly into Massachusetts or Maine for Patriot’s Day.

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