Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriot’s Day. Patriot’s Day is a special Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775. The holiday (officially observed on Monday, April 18, 2016) and the entire weekend are celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies. On Saturday, April 18, Minute Man National Historical Park, in partnership with hundreds of Colonial and British re-enactors, celebrates the opening battle of the American Revolution with a day full of exciting living history activities. On Monday, April 18, the town of Lexington honors the start of the American Revolution with a battle reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town’s militia and the British regulars.
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The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and one of the world’s best-known road racing events with more 30,000 participants. Amateur and professional runners flock to Boston from all over the world to compete on the hilly terrain. The race starts west of the city in Hopkinton and ends in Boston. Approximately 500,000 spectators line the 26.2-mile course each year, making the Boston Marathon New England’s most widely viewed sporting event. This is a holiday weekend in Massachusetts.
(WEEKENDS ONLY) Toot toot! Thomas the Tank Engine, his buddy, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt are pulling into Essex Station this spring for the “Big Adventures Tour!” Thomas & Friends will be here on April 21, 28-29, & May 5-6, with departure times every 45 minutes from 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Passengers select a departure time when purchasing a ticket (ride is approx. 25 minutes) but will enjoy fun-filled family activities all day long!
After meeting Thomas, guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, and Percy the Small Green Engine!
But wait…there’s more! Included in your ticket price, you and your little ones have access to unlimited carnival rides, face painting featuring Day Out with Thomas characters, Isle of Sodor storytelling, a special Thomas the Tank Engine video theater & magic show and Thomas the Tank Engine play areas! Plus, Caboose the Clown will be joining us and creating colorful balloon characters, while Sunny Train presents her beloved music show.
This is the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s premier spring fundraiser. During the event, floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by works of art in the museum’s collections are created by community florists, garden clubs and designers, and are displayed in the galleries throughout the weekend. Also enjoy special events, tours, a marketplace featuring hand-made goods for sale by local vendors and more!
Come to the island of Nantucket from early April to mid May to see more than three million daffodils of every variety along roadsides, in gardens and filling window boxes. The highlight of the season is the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Daffodil Festival. The Antique Car Parade features more than 100 daffodil-bedecked antique cars and ends with a Daffodil Tailgate Picnic. Other highlights include the Nantucket Garden Club’s Daffodil Show, the Annual Daffy Dog Parade and the Daffy Hat Pageant.
This festival celebrates the state of Vermont’s signature product: pure Vermont maple. It offers maple exhibits, cooking demonstrations, sugarhouse tours and a maple buffet. Enjoy Main Street entertainment, pancake breakfasts, fiddlers’ and youth talent shows, a carnival, an historical museum, delightful downtown shops and a Grand Parade.