All About the Holidays: Patriots' Day

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(male narrator) The third Monday in April is Patriots' Day. It commemorates the battles at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts on April 19, 1775, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Nearby states in New England especially honor this holiday. The Revolutionary War was America's fight for independence from the king of England. Many residents of the 13 American colonies were angry about unfair British rules. Some began to rebel and call themselves "patriots." The British army set out marching from Boston to capture patriot leaders. But brave riders, including Paul Revere, warned the patriots that the British were coming. The Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775, was a very small fight, but it's important because it's where the Revolutionary War began. The patriots were outnumbered, so the British marched on to the city of Concord. There the patriots were waiting in larger numbers, and the British retreated. The Revolutionary War lasted eight years, but America finally won its independence. Patriots' Day commemorates the start of the Revolutionary War with reenactments of the battles at Lexington and Concord, plus parades and ceremonies. The famous Boston Marathon is a 26-mile race held on every Patriots' Day since 1897. Runners train all year for the marathon. It takes a lot of strength and courage to complete the race, just as it took the patriots strength and courage to defeat the British and win independence for America. Why is it important to remember the colonists of 1775?


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The third Monday in April is Patriots' Day. This special holiday commemorates the historic battles at Lexington and Concord during the American Revolutionary War and honors the sacrifices American colonists made while overthrowing British rule. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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