What does Patriots Day Commemorate?
Answer: The anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord
Yes, a lot of people are familiar with the movie, "Patriot's Day", starring Mark Wahlberg which depicts the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. However, unless you live in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, or Maine, you may not be as familiar with what the actual holiday is supposed to commemorate. As mentioned above, the day is meant to celebrate the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which were the first battles of the Revolutionary War. The holiday was originally celebrated on April 19, the actual anniversary of the battles (fought in 1775). Since 1969, however, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April.
Re-enactments of the revolutionary battles occur every year in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, generally earlier in the morning. Patriotic actors retrace the Midnight Rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way.
Without a doubt, the most notable celebration of Patriot's Day is the internationally televised Boston Marathon (hence where the name for the movie comes from). The Boston Marathon has been run every Patriot's Day since April 19th, 1897, 120 years ago today.
We personally feel that Patriot's Day should be a Federal Holiday and it looks like we're not the only ones. Comment below if you agree.