Today is Patriots Day honoring the famous battle in Lexington and Concord Massachusetts April 19th 1775. Why is Patriots day celebrated today on April 20th? Here are some interesting facts:
- Up until 1969 Patriots day was celebrated on April 19th. In 1969 it was switch to the third Monday in April.
- Only 5 states celebrate it. Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.
- In 1894, the town of Lexington petitioned Governor Frederic T. Greenhalge to celebrate Lexington Day. Concord Massachusetts soon followed with a petition for Concord day. The compromise was Patriots Day.
- The largest part of the battle was actually in the town of Menotomy (Present Day Arlington, MA) where minutemen formed an ambush on retreating red coats.
- It also marked the first bloodshed of the American Civil War in the Baltimore riot of 1861
- The Boston Marathon is run every year on this day. Traditionally the Red Sox host a home game that starts at 11:00 AM so that people can see the end of the race after the game ends. This started back in 1969.
Covid-19 may have disrupted the hell out of 2020 but let’s not let that stop us from remembering and celebrating like it’s 1775 (or maybe even 2019). Cheers!