April 19th is Patriots Day

Depiction of the Battle of Concord, commemorated by Patriots Day. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

The 19th of April is observed in a few states as Patriots Day, as a commemoration of the Lexington and Concorde battles in the American Revolutionary War.  It’s observed on the third Monday of every April, so Patriots Day 2010 is today. It is celebrated in Massachusetts, Maine and in Wisconsin as an observance in public schools. For sports fans, it is also the day of the Boston Marathon, and every year is a home game for the Boston Redsox, if you feel inclined to get some instant cash together and get out to the Fenway.

Third Monday of April

Since 1969, according to Wikipedia, the third Monday of April has been observed as Patriots Day.  The Battles of Lexington and Concorde, the first open battles of the Revolutionary War, were fought on April 19, 1775. This was also the instance of Paul Revere’s Ride, which certainly has meaning for the people of Massachusetts.

So how do they celebrate?

Patriots Day 2010, as each Patriots Day that has preceded it, will feature the Boston Marathon.  It’s also referred to as Marathon Monday.  There will also be a Boston Redsox game, and they almost always play at home.  Good luck getting tickets – every home game of the Redsox usually sells out anyway, but you could try getting some no fax payday loans and see if anyone is willing to sell any.  Maybe Craigslist has some.  It is typically a three-day weekend for public schools.  There are usually re-enactments of the battles and of Paul Revere’s Ride.  Maine also has a road race near Portland.  Maine, as some are aware, used to be part of the territory of Massachusetts.

Wait a minute – what about Wisconsin?

The state of Wisconsin observes Patriots Day in public schools.  Though Patriots Day in New England has been around since the middle of the 20th century, the state of Wisconsin passed it as a public school observance in August of 2001. Hey – the events being commemorated were the first battles fought for our new Republic.  Both sides claim the other fired first, but that’s a discussion for another time.

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