Patriots’ Day 2018

Saturday, April 14th, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday April 15, noon - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Weekend event details below


Make the Concord Museum—a gateway to Concord's history—part of your family’s 2017 Patriots’ Day tradition as we commemorate “the shot heard ‘round the world” with activities for visitors of all ages. 

Explore the Concord Museum’s outstanding collection of treasures from April, 1775 including the famous “one, if by land, two, if by sea” Revere lantern; a sword from one of the soldiers of the British 10th Regiment; the sword of Minuteman James Barrett; a pair of pistols belonging to Major John Buttrick, the officer in the Concord Militia who gave the order to fire; and a fife played by a young boy. In the “Defending Concord” history gallery, discover the part these objects played in the events of the fateful day that began an eight-year fight for independence.

As the Concord Annual Patriots’ Day Parade heads through the center of town, make sure to stop by historic Wright Tavern from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. for more fun and games! Play colonial games and learn about the history of Wright Tavern, constructed in 1747, and the role the tavern played on April 19, 1775. Wright Tavern activities are free and open to the public.

Patriots’ Day Weekend 2018

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** Saturday, April 14, 2018 **

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.             Concord Museum is Open
Special activities ongoing from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition! Join us for gallery talks, collection spotlights, activities, and crafts.
Free with Museum admission, members free.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.                   Fresh Goods Gallery Talk
Join us for a closer look at Fresh Goods: Shopping for Clothing in a New England Town, 1750-1900.
Included with Museum admission, members free.

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.           Quill Pen Writing and Feather Quill Making
Try your hand at using a feather quill and ink to write like a revolutionary! Then make your own to take home.
Included with museum admission, members free.

noon - 3:00 p.m.                      Encampment by the Billerica Colonial Minute Men
In 1775, the residents of Billerica, like other towns surrounding Boston, were stirring in a cauldron of patriot fervor. Yet tradesmen and their sons still went about their daily lives. Join the Billerica Colonial Minute Men as they demonstrate candle and soap making, musket firing, leather stitching, musket ball and button casting, and baking bread and pies.
Free.
 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.                        Collections Spotlight in Defending Concord gallery at the Concord Museum
Drop by and discover why the British Regulars marched towards Concord on April 19th 1775. Then learn more about the colonial militia’s supplies and arms hidden in Concord prior to the first battle of the American Revolution.
Included with Museum admission, members free.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.                       Billerica Colonial Minute Men move to historic Wright Tavern in Concord Center
Join the Minute Men at the historic Wright Tavern in Concord Center from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The tavern was the site where many minute men met on the morning of April 19, 1775 as they prepared for battle. Learn more about the tavern and the events of that morning.
Free.
 

** Sunday, April 15, 2018 **

noon - 5:00 p.m.                      Concord Museum is Open
Special activities ongoing from noon – 3:00 p.m.
Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition!
Join us for gallery talks, collection spotlights, activities, and crafts.
Included with Museum admission, members free.
 
noon - 5:00 p.m.                    Quill Pen Writing and Feather Quill Making
Try your hand at using a feather quill and ink to write like a revolutionary! Then make your own to take home.
Included with museum admission, members free.

noon - 5:00 p.m.                    Colonial Clothing Try-on

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.                     Collections Spotlight in Defending Concord gallery at the Concord Museum
Drop by and discover why the British Regulars marched towards Concord on April 19th 1775. Then learn more about the colonial militia’s supplies and arms hidden in Concord prior to the first battle of the American Revolution.
Included with Museum admission, members free.

3:00 p.m.                                   Gallery Talk in the 1775 Period Room at the Concord Museum
Learn about material culture and daily life at the start of the revolution by taking a closer look at the Concord Museum’s 1775 period room. The furnishings and objects in this gallery allow for a better understanding of women’s roles in the revolution as well as how the British tax on tea and other goods sparked a revolution.
Included with museum admission, members free.

 

** Monday, April 16, 2018 **

9:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.         Concord Museum is Open

9:00 a.m.                                Concord's Patriots’ Day Parade begins

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.          Wright Tavern Open House (Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Road, Concord, MA)
As the Concord Annual Patriots’ Day Parade heads through the center of town, make sure to stop by historic Wright Tavern from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for some fun and games!
Play colonial games and learn about the history of Wright Tavern, constructed in 1747, and the role the tavern played on April 19, 1775.
Free and open to the public.

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.         Colonial Cloth with Cluck and Baa Farm
Drop by the Concord Museum to learn about spinning, weaving, wool preparation, and meet the lambs and angora rabbits themselves from Cluck and Baa Farm of Hollis, NH!
Included with Museum admission, Members free.

10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.         Colonial Crafts at the Concord Museum
Join us for crafts and activities from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Museum lobby. After you explore the history of Concord in our museum galleries, make your own tricorn hat, thaumatrope, and Revere Lantern suncatcher.
Free with museum admission, members free.

11:00 a.m.                               Gallery Talk in Defending Concord at the Concord Museum
Learn about the objects that witnessed the historic events of 1775 and get a closer look at the lantern that hung in the steeple of the Old North Church, used to signal the colonial militia that the British regulars were marching towards Concord!
Included with Museum admission, members free.

1:00 p.m.                                  Hill Burying Ground Walking Tour from Wright Tavern (2 Lexington Road, Concord, MA)
Take a walk from Wright Tavern to the Hill Burying Ground to get the same view of Concord depicted in the View of the Town of Concord by Amos Doolittle. Learn about the events of April 19, 1775 and how the colonists and the British experienced the first official battle of the American Revolution.
Free.

2:00 p.m.                               Gallery Talk: Women and the American Revolution
Learn about material culture and daily life at the start of the revolution by taking a closer look at the Concord Museum’s 1775 period room. The furnishings and objects in this gallery allow for a better understanding of women’s roles in the revolution as well as how the British tax on tea and other goods sparked a revolution.
Included with museum admission, members free.


Concord Museum Patriots’ Day activities are made possible in part with the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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