Patriots' Day

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the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord (1775), celebrated the third Monday in April: a legal holiday in Massachusetts and Maine.
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What is Patriots’ Day?

Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord, which began the American Revolution.

It is observed as a legal holiday in a few places, including the states of Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Wisconsin. (In Maine, it is officially known as Patriot’s Day.)

Patriots’ Day should not be confused with Patriot Day, the U.S. holiday in commemoration and remembrance of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11).

When is Patriots’ Day?

In Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut, Patriots’ Day is observed each year on the third Monday in April. In 2022, it will be observed on April 18. In 2023, it will be observed on April 17. Wisconsin celebrates Patriots’ Day on April 19, the anniversary of the day of the battle in 1775.

More information and context on Patriots’ Day

Patriots’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775, but the day wasn’t celebrated until the late 1800s, when it was first observed in Massachusetts. In 1969, the holiday was moved from April 19 to the third Monday in April.

The Boston Marathon is typically held on Patriots’ Day.

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How is Patriots’ Day discussed in real life?

Patriots’ Day is best known in the New England region, and the Boston Marathon is usually held on the day.



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In Wisconsin, Patriots’ Day is celebrated on the first Monday in April.

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