Thursday, December 27, 2007

US History : Patriots Day, MinuteMan National Historic Park

Some would say that US History in many ways *begins* on April 19, 1775.

Patriots Day in Concord Mass is not to be missed if you are lucky enough to visit the area on the 3rd weekend of April. In Lexington and Concord there are re-enactments of the fateful first shots fired in the Revolutionary War where American citizen soldiers challenged the British Army on Lexington Green and at the North Bridge in Concord. Hundreds of colonials dress in period costume and with period firearms blast away across the cold landscape of the MinuteMan National Historic Park which stretches from Concord to Lexington Green some 6 miles away.

If you are there *DO NOT MISS* the superb candlelight interpretive activities held over a few nights on the trail during the week or so of activities around Patriots Day. At night you are given a guided tour of the area and can talk with colonists in the Tavern and on the trails, and even be haranged by the British Army. This is a fantasic experience for historians young and old.