Interesting Facts About Patriots’ Day: Do You Know The Biggest Celebration Of This Holiday?

Patriots Day

Patriots’ Day

Patriots’ Day is a civic holiday in April commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. This holiday is observed in Massachusetts, Maine, and Wisconsin, but it is not a holiday in Wisconsin.
It is also encouraged to celebrate this anniversary in Florida, but it is not a holiday in that state. Until 1969 the holiday was celebrated on April 19th each year, which was the actual date of the battles. In 1969 the holiday was moved to fall on the third Monday of April.
Re-enactments are one common way of honoring the anniversary, and the Boston Marathon is also held on this day each year. For some people in the states of Massachusetts and Maine, the third Monday of April is a welcome day off work or school.
The holiday is more than just a day off in April for students or the day of the marathon. It helps mark one of the most important moments in the American Revolution – the battles of Lexington and Concord.
Let’s find out more interesting facts about Patriots’ Day:
1. In Florida, the holiday is recognized, but no one gets the day off. The Florida State Legislature does recognize the holiday for its “great historical significance,” but only encourages it be celebrated. “Public officials, schools, private organizations, and all citizens are encouraged to commemorate Patriots’ Day on April 19 of each year,” the statue reads.
That “great historical significance” is the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The battles took place on April 19, 1775, after the “shot heard round the world” was fired at Lexington that morning. The militia was successful in pushing back the British to Boston and launched the American evolution.
2. If Patriots’ Day and Tax Day fall on the same date, the deadline for filing an income tax return is extended for the residents of some states. Patriots’ Day is not a public holiday in other parts of the United States.
3. Patriots’ Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, where state, county, and municipal offices are closed. However, Patriots’ Day is not a federal public holiday and federal offices are open.
Many schools are closed for the spring break. Stores and other businesses and organizations may be open or closed according to local custom. Most public transit services run to reduced schedules, but may not operate in rural areas.
There may be some local disruption to traffic around the re-enactments and sports events, particularly in Boston.
4. The biggest celebration of Patriots’ Day is the Boston Marathon, which has been run every Patriots’ Day since April 19, 1897 to mark the then-recently established holiday, with the race linking the Athenian and American struggles for liberty (marathons being so named after the Greek Battle of Marathon).
The Boston Marathon is run on Patriots’ Day every year, since its inception in 1897, even during the World War years. Therefore sometimes the holiday is referred to as “Marathon Monday”
5. Patriots’ Day was first proclaimed in Massachusetts in 1894 by Gov. Frederic T. Greenhalge replacing Fast Day as a public holiday. 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 in the Baltimore riot of 1861, during which four members of the Massachusetts militia were slain and 36 injured.
6. The Boston Red Sox have been scheduled to play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day every year since 1959. The games were postponed due to weather in 1959, 1961, 1965, 1967, and 1984, and canceled in 1995 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.

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