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Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
(officially Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Wisconsin
Wisconsin
and Patriot's Day in Maine[2]) is an official state holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Contents

1 Description 2 History 3 Sporting events 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Description[edit] The holiday was originally celebrated on April 19, the actual anniversary of the battles (fought in 1775). Since 1969, it has been observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts[3] and in Maine[4] (which until the Missouri Compromise
Missouri Compromise
of 1820 was part of Massachusetts). The Monday holiday creates a three-day long weekend. It is also the first day of a vacation week for public schools in both states and a school holiday for many local colleges and universities, both public and private. The day is a public school observance day in Wisconsin.[5] Florida law also encourages people to celebrate it, though it is not treated as a public holiday.[6] Connecticut begins observance in 2018.[1]

Acton Minutemen and citizens marching from Acton to Concord on Patriots Day 2012

Observances and re-enactments of the battles occur annually at Lexington Green
Lexington Green
in Lexington, Massachusetts
Lexington, Massachusetts
(around 6:00 am) and the Old North Bridge
Old North Bridge
in Concord, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
(around 9:00 am). In the morning, mounted re-enactors with state police escorts retrace the Midnight Rides of Paul Revere
Paul Revere
and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way. The biggest celebration of Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
is the Boston Marathon, which has been run every Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
since April 19, 1897 to mark the then-recently established holiday, with the race linking the Athenian and American struggles for liberty[7] (marathons being so named after the Greek Battle of Marathon). History[edit] In 1894 the Lexington Historical Society petitioned the Massachusetts State Legislature to proclaim April 19 as "Lexington Day." Concord countered with “Concord Day.” Governor Frederic T. Greenhalge opted for a compromise: Patriots' Day. Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
was first proclaimed in Massachusetts
Massachusetts
in 1894 by Gov. Greenhalge replacing Fast Day as a public holiday.[2] The idea was introduced to the Governor by the statesman from Lowell, Isaac Henry Paige. It was established on April 19, commemorating the date of the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, and consolidating the longstanding municipal observances of Lexington Day and Concord Day. It also marked the first bloodshed of the American Civil War
American Civil War
in the Baltimore riot of 1861, during which four members of the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
militia were slain and 36 injured. The dual commemoration, Greenhalge explained, celebrated "the anniversary of the birth of liberty and union." In 1938, with the generation that had fought in the Civil War largely off the voter rolls, the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
legislature passed a bill establishing the holiday "in commemoration of the opening events of the War of the Revolution."[7] Maine
Maine
followed Massachusetts
Massachusetts
in 1907 and replaced its Fast Day
Fast Day
with Patriot's Day.[2] On June 10, 2017, Governor Dannel Malloy
Dannel Malloy
signed a bill establishing Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
as a statewide unpaid holiday in Connecticut.[1] This means that starting April 2018, Connecticut will be the 4th state to recognize the holiday.[8] Sporting events[edit] The Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
is run on Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
every year, since its inception in 1897, even during the World War
World War
years.[7] Therefore sometimes the holiday is referred to as " Marathon
Marathon
Monday".[9] The Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
have been scheduled to play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
every year since 1959. The games were postponed due to weather in 1959, 1961, 1965, 1967, and 1984, and canceled in 1995[10] because of the late start to the season. From 1968 to 2006 the games have started early, in the morning, around 11:00 am. The early start to these games usually resulted in the game ending just as the marathon is heading through Kenmore Square. However, since 2007 the marathon has started between 9:30 am and 10:00 am, resulting in the racers going through Kenmore towards the middle of the Red Sox game.[11] See also[edit]

Bunker Hill Day Evacuation Day (Massachusetts) Minor American Revolution holidays Holidays of the United States 2013 Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
bombings

References[edit]

^ a b c Sampson, Rob (13 July 2017). " Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
Becomes Official Statewide Holiday!". State Representative Rob Sampson. Wolcott, Southington, Connecticut. Retrieved 27 November 2017.  ^ a b c McMillan, Susan (April 20, 2014). "Patriot's Day or Patriots' Day? Punctuation confusion continues". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved April 21, 2014.  ^ " Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Legal Holidays". Citizen Information Service. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved April 11, 2007.  ^ "Holidays". Human Resources Policy and Practices Manual. Maine Bureau of Human Resources. Retrieved April 11, 2007.  ^ " Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Public School Observance Days". Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2007.  ^ §683.14, Fla. Stat. (2013) http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0600-0699/0683/0683.html ^ a b c "The History of the Boston Marathon: A Perfect Way to Celebrate Patriot's Day". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 23, 2013.  ^ Patrick, Mike (3 July 2017). "Patriots Day Coming to Connecticut". Waterbury Republican-American. Retrieved 4 July 2017.  ^ http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/04/17/who-to-watch-on-marathon-monday/ Who To Watch On Marathon
Marathon
Monday ^ "1995. Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
Box Scores". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ " Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
game may start earlier". Boston Red Sox. June 19, 2012. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Patriots' Day.

Patriots' Day
Patriots' Day
information, via noblenet.org Information about Battle Reenactments, via battleroad.org Massachusetts
Massachusetts
General Laws ch. 6, § 12 The Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Statutes & Annotations General School Operations, Special
Special
observance day Maine
Maine
Statutes Rev. 9-B, § 145

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