What exactly is Patriots’ Day anyway​?

If you’re not a native New Englander you’re probably wondering why so many people are out of work on Monday. That’s because it’s Patriots’ Day! “What is that,” you ask? Well, let’s just make one thing clear – yes, we love our football team but don’t be fooled, Patriots’ Day has nothing to do with our 5-time Superbowl champions.

Not to be confused with Mark Wahlberg’s movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, Patriots’ Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine on the third Monday in April that celebrates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Yes, those Battles – the ones that started the American Revolution with Paul Revere, his midnight ride, and the “one if by land, two if by sea” signals from the Old North Church. In modern-day New England – Patriots’ Day is celebrated with the running of the storied Boston Marathon and a rare 11am start for the Red Sox so that the fans at Fenway can catch the end of the race.

So while Patriots’ Day has a much deeper meaning to New England, and the country, then a marathon and a ballgame, Joon Lee of The Bleacher Report captures what Patriots’ Day means for those who’ve celebrated it for their entire lives: “At its core, Patriots’ Day represents a tribute to the city of Boston, its history, culture and people. For one day a year, longtime Bostonians, children and college students pack the streets with one shared purpose: celebrating the city they live in.”

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