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The Lasting Legacy

Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future

For centuries, Lexington, Massachusetts, has stood as a beacon of American history, renowned for its pivotal role in the birth of a nation. As we honor the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, we reflect on the profound significance of these events and the enduring legacy they’ve left on our community. Through a myriad of traditions, ceremonies, and educational initiatives, Lexington has steadfastly preserved its rich historical heritage, ensuring that the sacrifices and triumphs of our forebears remain indelibly etched in our collective memory.

A white church in the middle of the town green in Lexington, Massachusetts.
July 1837

Ralph Waldo Emerson pens the “Concord Hymn,” forever immortalizing the start of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

April 19, 1875

President Ulysses S. Grant joins 50,000 people in Lexington to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battles. Concord’s Minute Man statue is unveiled.

The Lexington Minutemen fire their rifles in a demonstration at the 2023 St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston.

Annual Dawn Commemoration

At the break of dawn on April 19th each year, the Lexington community gathers at the Lexington Battle Green to pay solemn tribute to the brave patriots who stood firm against tyranny on that fateful day in 1775. Amidst the tranquil stillness of the early morning hours, we join together in a poignant ceremony, marked by the reverberating notes of “Taps” and the stirring recitation of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn.” This time-honored tradition serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience and valor displayed by our ancestors, inspiring us to uphold the principles of liberty and justice for which they so valiantly fought.

April 19, 1894

Governor Greenhalge enacts Patriots’ Day to be recognized on April 19th. In 1969 it was changed to the third Monday in April to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

Patriots’ Day Parade

Every Patriots’ Day, Lexington comes alive with the vibrant pageantry of the Patriots’ Day Parade, a beloved community event that captures the spirit of camaraderie and patriotism that defines our town. Led by the Lexington Minute Men and accompanied by marching bands, historical reenactors, and local dignitaries, the parade winds its way through the streets of Lexington, offering a stirring tableau of our nation’s revolutionary past. From colorful floats to spirited performances, the parade celebrates the enduring legacy of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, uniting residents and visitors alike in a joyous celebration of our shared heritage.

Lexington Minutemen march in the annual Patriots' Day Parade.
Apri 1900

An iconic statue of Captain John Parker is erected in the Lexington Battle Green. The Battle Green is one of only 8 locations in the US where the flag is authorized to fly 24 hours a day.

April 1925

The United States Postal Services issued three stamps to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battles.

Lexington Minutemen Reenactment on the Battle Green.

Reenactments and Living History Demonstrations

Throughout the year, Lexington hosts a variety of reenactments and living history demonstrations that transport visitors back in time to the era of the American Revolution. From musket drills on the Battle Green to interactive exhibits at the Lexington Historical Society, these immersive experiences offer a captivating glimpse into the daily lives and struggles of our colonial ancestors. Through hands-on activities, storytelling sessions, and authentic period attire, participants gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom, fostering a sense of connection to the past that transcends generations.

April 1971

Lexington Minutemen first reenact the start of the American Revolution on the Lexington Battle Green.

April 1975

President Gerald Ford joins 110,000 people for the annual Patriots’ Day parade. His speech to the crowd is televised to the nation.

Educational Programs and Exhibits

In partnership with local schools, museums, and historical organizations, Lexington offers a diverse array of educational programs and exhibits designed to engage learners of all ages in the study of American history. From guided tours of historic landmarks to interactive workshops on colonial life, these initiatives provide invaluable opportunities for students and community members to deepen their understanding of the events that shaped our nation. By fostering a lifelong appreciation for history and heritage, Lexington ensures that the lessons of the past continue to resonate with future generations, inspiring them to carry forward the torch of liberty and justice for all.

Exterior of the Hancock House in Lexington, Massachusetts.

As we commemorate the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, we reaffirm our commitment to preserving the legacy of our forebears and honoring their enduring contributions to the cause of freedom. Through ongoing reflection, education, and community engagement, Lexington remains steadfast in its dedication to upholding the principles of liberty, equality, and democracy that lie at the heart of the American experience.