Many of us here in Billerica and throughout Massachusetts associate Patriots Day with the annual Boston Marathon. But what is Patriots Day all about and how is it celebrated in the neighborhood towns of Concord and Lexington?
In reality Patriot’s Day is a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolution – April 19, 1775. For the neighboring towns of Concord and Lexington, it is a weekend celebration. There are also several events prior to the weekend and after the weekend held in Lexington, Concord, Bedford and Lincoln which commemorate and also help to explain the life and the dangers that our forefathers faced from the British.
This year’s events actually began on Saturday, April 9th, with the Bedford Pole Capping ceremony in Wilson Park in Bedford . The event featured an all Minuteman parade and the capping of a liberty pole, followed by a visit by the British….. read on!