Patriots' Day Arlington 20242024 Patriots’ Day Schedule of Events in Arlington

featuring the Battle of Menotomy

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April 10 – April 19, 2024

Tavern Week Arlington MATavern Week

Throughout Arlington

Taverns were gathering places for locals and lodgers in colonial times. People could eat, drink, and be entertained. Taverns played an important role in Menotomy (now Arlington) in 1775. The Menotomy Committee of Safety met on April 18th at the Black Horse Tavern. They discussed oppressive policies and the movements of the British Regulars. Those members who spent the night heard the Regulars advancing through Menotomy in the early morning of April 19th, the first day of the American Revolution. During Tavern Week, we want to recognize the tavern tradition in Menotomy and encourage our residents and visitors to gather, eat, drink, and be entertained at today’s restaurants. Arlington 250 invites every restaurant in town to become a tavern during Tavern Week! Details Here!

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Menotomy Beer Hall in Arlington MA

Menotomy Beer Hall

Arlington Town Hall

12:30- 5:30

Live music provided in partnership with Arts Arlington

1 – 3pm – Morningside Music Studio

3 – 5pm – Grüvmeiners

This is a family-friendly event.

Taverns and inns played a critical role in colonial life. Just down the street, the Black Horse Tavern was the location where The Committee of Safety, a colonial organization that resisted British rule, met on April 18th, 1775, the day before the British Regulars pillaged and set fire to many buildings in Menotomy (present-day Arlington) on their retreat from Concord. Today, Arlington is again home to wonderful taverns, restaurants, and gastropubs townwide. These include the Menotomy Grill & Tavern, and Arlington Brewing Company to host a special, festive Beer Hall in Robbins Memorial Town Hall this Patriot’s Day weekend! Huzzah!

Saturday, April 13 and Monday, April 15th, 2024

Complimentary Tours of the Jason Russell House courtesy of Leader Bank

April 13th & 15th

7 Jason Street

Tours include information about Jason Russell and his family, who continued to live in the house he built until the 1890s. Learn about the history of the house and hear about its role in the momentous events of April 19, 1775, when the retreating British Regulars clashed with local Minuteman in the Battle of Menotomy and the Jason Russell House was the scene of some of the deadliest fighting of the day.

 

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Battle of Menotomy Arlington MABattle of Menotomy: Largest-Ever Reenactment

2:00 pm

Along Massachusetts Avenue from Prentiss Road to Medford Street

Leader Bank Kids’ Corner, 864 Mass Ave
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Face painting, snacks, and bouncy house. American flags and tri-corner hats for the kids!

Menotomy (now Arlington) was the site of the bloodiest battle of April 19, 1775. A larger-than-ever reenactment of the battle between British Regulars and colonial militia will be staged on Sunday, April 14, 2024 on Massachusetts Avenue starting at Grove Street and ending at Medford Street. View the reenactment route, best viewing areas, and traffic and parking impacts on the Town of Arlington website.

A detailed account of the Battle of Menotomy, written by Arlington resident Michael Ruderman, can be found in the Summer 2023 edition of Discover Concord magazine. Watch ACMI’s recent segment about the battle.

 

Monday, April 15, 2024

Patriots Day Celebration at the Cyrus Dallin Museum

10:00 am

611 Massachusetts Avenue

Hear ye, hear ye! Experience Paul Revere-inspired poems, Arlington’s revolutionary history, and Cyrus Dallin’s 57-year monument battle, brought to life by Arlington locals!

This free, family-friendly program will feature live readings of the Dallin Museum’s two favorite Paul Revere-themed poems – one authored by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the other by Cyrus Dallin himself. Learn about the Battle of Menotomy and imagine what it was like on that tumultuous day in 1775. Then, hear the harrowing story of Dallin’s battle to complete his famous monument to Paul Revere in Boston’s North End.

Following the program, view the Dallin Museum’s newest addition – an extremely rare prototype of the Paul Revere Monument. This master plaster represents Dallin’s sixth design for the monument. He created the statue in 1930 in an attempt to revive the project, which had been stalled since he unveiled his fifth version in 1899. For the first time ever, visitors can experience Dallin’s fifth and sixth models side by side! Then head over to Arlington Town Hall to greet the National Lancers!

For more information, visit www.dallin.org/events.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Paul Revere & William Dawes Ride

11:00 am – Family-friendly activities & light refreshments

12:00 pm approx. – Arrival of Revere & Dawes

Arlington Town Hall

The Regulars are out! Join the “Menotomy Welcoming Committee” in our annual tradition as we greet National Lancers riders reenacting the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes.  While awaiting the riders, you are invited to join in family-friendly activities and enjoy light refreshments.

Please note that the Lancers generally ride rain or shine.  Town Hall Auditorium is available for inclement weather.  The event could be cancelled if there is severe weather.

For more information, please contact arlingtonted@gmail.com

 

ABOUT ARLINGTON 250 & THE SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL

The Arlington 250 Committee is the organizing body for the Town of Arlington, MA’s commemoration of the semiquincentennial — the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. It includes representatives from Arlington’s Select Board, School Committee, Tourism and Economic Development (A-TED) committee, Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, and Commission for Arts and Culture (Arts Arlington); Town Meeting; the Battle Road Scenic Byway Committee; the Menotomy Minutemen; and volunteers from the community at large. Revolution 250 is a non-profit organization that is capturing the history of the revolution in Massachusetts; the MA Office of Travel & Tourism has created MA 250, a statewide marketing campaign commemorating the past and celebrating the future of our Commonwealth. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonMA250/