Patriot’s Day is celebrated mainly in the New England states, or north eastern states of the United States, on the third Monday of April. Patriot’s Day is a state holiday in Maine and Massachusetts. In those states there is no school and many banks and other businesses are closed. In some other states the holiday is recognized but business goes on as usual.
What is Patriot’s Day?
Patriot’s Day is a holiday commemorative of the ride of Paul Revere and the Battles of Concord and Lexington, which were the first 2 battles of the American Revolution and occurred on April 19, 1775. Patriot’s Day is not the same as Patriot Day, which commemorates the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
How is it celebrated?
Besides school and business closings, the holiday is celebrated by reenactments of the Battles of Concord and Lexington and the ride of Paul Revere. Citizens also have the opportunity to ring the bell that Paul Revere rang to alert the American troops that the British soldiers were coming.
Summary: Patriot’s Day is a holiday that most of the country is unaware of. It would be a nice idea to incorporate recognition of this important day in history into our public school curriculum, not for school dismissal, but to educate children about the holiday and what it represents. This topic would be a nice subject for a history report, or home school project for students studying American History.
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