While this holidays is normally restricted to the New England region it really should be celebrated all across America. It is a bit confusing since it falls on the third Monday of the month so the date varies, but it celebrates when America first separated from England. It celebrates Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride as well as the battles at Lexington and Concord in 1775. The actual day was April 19th but that doesn’t matter. Now Paul Revere never completed his ride, in fact he didn’t really get very far before he was arrested. He also did not shout “The British are coming”! as is often depicted. Back then, most of us were British and that would mean nothing to the homesteads he was warning. “The Redcoats are coming” would have been more like it since the Redcoats were known to be the soldiers. Also the battles at Lexington and Concord weren’t really battles as they were very one sided and did not last very long. However, the Redcoats never forget their attempt to get back to Boston.
How to celebrate – Remember the Patriots that started making the Untied States the United States. Visit New England. Study history, it is relevant.
Patriots Day is primarily a celebration in the New England states where the “Shot Heard Around the World” was first heard. It commemorates the start of the Revolutionary War with the battles of Lexington and Concord, the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” and The beginning of the Siege of Boston. It always falls on the third Monday in April, though the actual action occurred on April 19th, 1775.
It starts with the local militia taking a stand at Lexington trying to prevent the British from seizing the armory in Concord. Some 80 militia men, warned by William Dawes (Revere was arrested before he could warn the patriots), stood their ground before trained British Army units. It was a brief stand that the Redcoats blew right through.
Reaching Concord, the British found all the powder and weapons removed from the armory and after a short skirmish, began marching back to Boston.
The Patriots had no standing army that could match the British in traditional tactics of the day. However, they had learned the art of hit and run, considered less honorable but very effective. The British, unchallenged to this point, found their way back to Boston a living nightmare as they were hit by the American’s at nearly every turn.
Hiding behind trees and firing only once before running away, the American’s made the British pay. In the end, 49 Americans were killed, 39 wounded and 5 went missing. The British lost 73 killed, 174 wounded and 53 missing before reaching the relative safety of Boston.
Though not all of America celebrates Patriots Day, we should. It is the first day we stood up on our own and started the long road to becoming a country.
How to celebrate – Remember those who lost their lives defending America before it was America. Read about the battles of Lexington and Concord. Check your family heritage and see if you may have had a Patriot in your history.