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CANCELED: July 13: Parker’s Prelude!

(This event has been canceled and postponed due to forecasts of wet weather. A new date will be announced soon).

Join us for a free community event to celebrate Captain John Parker’s 295th Birthday with a festive celebration on the Lexington Battle Green on Massachusetts Avenue at Bedford Street on Saturday, July 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.!

There will be music, activities, food trucks and birthday cake! Leading off the musical performances will be a joint concert of the Lexington Bicentennial Band and the Concord Band. Bring along a chair or blanket.

Also, performing will be the:
– Jamaica Plain Honk Band
– Children’s Community Chorus
– William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corp

Seen by many as being the ultimate personification of a Yankee rebel and represented by a statue standing resolutely at the head of the Lexington Common, Captain John Parker was a New England farmer, smith, soldier and colonial militia officer.

On April 19, 1775, Parker led the Lexington Militia in a skirmish with British regulars at the Battle of Lexington, where eight militia lost their lives in a successful delaying action against the British.