Patriots’ Day celebrations get underway this weeked in Boston, Lexington, Concord, and other towns where citizens and visitors pay their respects to the “shot heard ’round the world” which was fired in Lexington, Massachusetts on April 19, 1775. It was the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.
If you’re lucky enough to attend the battle reenactments in Lexington and Concord and along Battle Road, or you’re just a modern day patriot who enjoys reveling in the history of our country, you may need a few things to get in the mood and character of the celebrations.
A fife is essential so you can march into battle with music.
The fife must be accompanied by a drum.
A flag so the enemy can clearly identify your intentions. There are so many to choose from. The red and white flag is specific to the Sons of Liberty!
A musket. Need I say more?
Knowledge about ammunition (flint, powder, etc) and how to load your musket.
How about a tricorn hat? Gold braiding isn’t required.
You’ll want to get dressed before participating in the battle.
Rum is an essential beverage in colonial America. Here is a guide to it’s proper use.
Last but not least, you’ll need an alarm clock. The battle on Lexington Green began at the crack of dawn.
Celebrate the heroes from all walks of life, who made this country great! Happy Patriots’ Day!