Arlington will be celebrating Patriots Day on Monday, April 21st.
Rise and shine to show your Patriots Day spirit! Join the Menotomy Minute Men in honoring those who lost their lives on April 19, 1775. They will hold flag raising and burial ground ceremonies beginning at the Town Hall flagpole at 7:15 am. March with them to the Jason Russell House and Old Burying Ground. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available following the event. Visit menotomy.org.
The annual Patriots Day Parade will begin at 9:30 am from Brattle Street and continue east down Massachusetts Avenue to Walgreens. The theme for this year’s parade is “Arlington Patriots Strong,” chosen as a reflection of Arlington’s past and its present strength in light of the Boston Marathon bombing just one day after last year’s parade. Once again, the parade will feature the Shriners, bands, and other favorites. Visit arlingtonpatriotsday.org.
Visit the site of the fierce fighting on the first day of the American Revolution. The Jason Russell House, 7 Jason Street, will be open for tours from 11 am to 2 pm. Admission: adults $5; children $2. Visit arlingtonhistorical.org.
Join the Menotomy Welcoming Committee beginning at 11:30 am at Town Hall. Pack a picnic lunch and eat on the lawn. Enjoy family activities, music by Diane Taraz, and light refreshments while we wait for Lancer re-enactors Paul Revere and William Dawes (riders generally arrive between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm). The event is hosted by the Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development and sponsored by Bowes Real Estate. Follow the riders on Twitter: Menotomy’s Waiting, @greetriders. Visit arlingtonma.org.