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CANCELED: Details Revealed for ‘Parker’s Prelude’, Second Official Event in Lex250 Celebration Line-Up

Statue of the Lexington Minuteman on the Battle Green in Lexington. (Photo Courtesy Lex250 Commission)

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

LEXINGTON — The Lex250 Commission is excited to announce the details for Parker’s Prelude, the second official event in the 250th Anniversary Celebration line-up of the Battle of Lexington in 1775.

The community event, being held on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Lexington Battle Green, will celebrate the 295th birthday — as well as life and achievements — of Captain John Parker, a New England farmer, smith, soldier and Colonial militia officer.

Captain Parker is best known for his role in leading the Colonial Militia at the Battle of Lexington, where eight militiamen lost their lives during a skirmish famously described as the “shot heard round the world.”

“The Lexington Minuteman statue is the ultimate personification of Captain John Parker,” Lex250 Commission Chair Suzie Barry said. “Parker dared the greatest power that the world had known at the time and rallied his fellow countrymen to stand up for the rights of all Americans.”

The event will include food trucks, activity tables for all ages. and a joint concert of the Lexington Bicentennial Band and the Concord Band. Also performing will be the Jamaica Plain Honk Band, Community Children’s Chorus, and William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps.

The centerpiece of the event is the cutting and serving of a giant birthday cake made in honor of Captain Parker.

The event is free and open to all. The Commission encourages those attending to bring a chair or blanket.

Flyer for the Parker’s Prelude community event. (Photo Courtesy Lex250 Commission)