By Lindsey Paradis | April 5, 2016 | Lifestyle
Start your own midnight, er, midday ride this Patriots' Day weekend with events all over the Boston area, from commemorating #OneBostonDay with acts of kindness on April 15 to hitting historic sites like Lexington Green to watching the runners power through the Boston Marathon.
On April 19, 1775, the Battle on Lexington Green marked the first military engagement of the Revolutionary War. The local militia was outnumbered and fell back, allowing the British regulars to proceed to Concord. A re-enactment will be held on the Lexington Green starting at 5:30 a.m., the hour of the original battle. A parade will commence later in the afternoon. April 18. Lexington Green, 1625 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
The first One Boston Day was held on April 15, 2015 to mark Boston's unending resiliency, generosity, and strength, and show that no matter the situation, the city bands together to help others in need. Celebrate One Boston Day with simple acts of kindness, from collecting books for children to delivering meals to those that don't have access to healthy food.
Attendees of the 18th Annual Boston Beer Summit will be able to sample more than 200 beer varieties over this two-day event. The summit will feature New England breweries—like Samuel Adams, Harpoon, Ipswich Ale Brewery, and Lookout Farm Hard Cider—as well as international brewers such as Brouwerij Van Steenberge, De Brabandere, and Dinkel Acker. April 15 and April 16. Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave.
On April 18, 1775, two lanterns were hung from the steeple of Old North Church, signaling the British’s arrival “by sea” and the start of the Revolutionary War. Every year since 1875, on the eve of Patriots’ Day, two lanterns are hung in the steeple of Old North Church in commemoration. This year’s lantern ceremony will also include a keynote speech by Governor Charlie Baker, a reading of Henry Longfellow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride, and a performance by the First Michigan Fife and Drum Corps. April 17; 8-9 p.m. Old North Church, 193 Salem St., 617-858-8231
Keep the revolutionary spirit going with a visit to Paul Revere’s house—located on the Freedom Trail and the oldest building in downtown Boston. Other locations relevant to the Revolutionary War include Old South Meeting House, the Boston Massacre Site, the Old State House, and Bunker Hill. 19 North Square, 617-523-2338
Celebrate Patriots’ Day by watching a game of baseball—it is America’s favorite pastime after all. The Boston Red Sox have been swinging, pitching, and fielding at Fenway every Patriots' Day since 1959. April 18; 11:05 a.m. Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way
For the past two years, Urban AvenTours has invited Bostonians to celebrate Paul Revere’s midnight ride by following in his footsteps—by biking a 26-mile route from Atlantic Ave. to Concord, with a departure time of 7:30 p.m. 103 Atlantic Ave., 617-670-0637
This April, performance running brand Tracksmith is opening a runner's lounge and showroom, located on the marathon course. The space will feature Tracksmith’s spring collection along with artwork by Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb. In 1966, Gibb became the first woman to run the marathon, and the pieces will explore that story. 899 Boylston St.
On April 18, the masses will flock to Boylston Street, in celebration of Marathon Monday, which is a holiday in its own right. The mobility-impaired group will start at 8:50 a.m. in Hopkinton, with the first round of runners, the elite women, starting at 9:32 a.m.
Located in historic Lexington, The Inn at Hastings Park is the perfect place to stay during Patriots’ Day weekend, especially if you’re interested in seeing the Battle on Lexington Green’s early morning reenactment. Located close to the Battle Green, The Inn has festivities planned on April 18, including a late night reception before the midnight arrival of Paul Revere. After the battle re-enactment at 5:30 a.m., The Inn's restaurant, Artistry on the Green, will serve a special Revolutionary Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. for just $10. In addition to their Patriots’ Day package, the Inn is offering a new helicopter tour over Paul Revere’s ride. 2027 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, 781-301-6660
In the spirit of Marathon Monday, attend the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo—the running industry’s premier expo for new products and services. The 2016 event will feature more than 200 exhibitors, attracting the world’s top marathoners, elite athletes, and fitness enthusiasts alike. April 15-17. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., 617-954-2975
Concord commemorates “the shot heard 'round the world” with a re-staging of the North Bridge fight. The town’s parade, including musicians, Minuteman companies, and color guards, will reach the bridge by 9:30 a.m. on Monday. April 18; 8:45 a.m. North Bridge, Concord
Somerville’s colonial fair is fun for the whole family. Features include Paul Revere as he rides to Lexington, music from the Somerville High School band, games, refreshments, and colonial characters. April 18; 10-11:30 a.m. Foss Park, 40 Fellsway West, Somerville
Get pampered like a runner this Patriot’s Day weekend at the Mandarin Oriental. The spa’s Marathon Boost treatment includes an 80-minute full-body massage that focuses on tired legs and sore feet. To finish, a de-stressing gel made with rosemary, black pepper, lavender, and ginger is used to relax joints and muscles. Available throughout April. Mandarin Oriental Boston, 776 Boylston St., 617-535-8820
Photography by Janelle Driscoll (Red Sox)