by Nancy Shack, WBZ NewsRadio1030
BOSTON, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — Patriots' Day, the commemoration of the opening battles of the American Revolution is Monday April 15th. It is a state holiday in Maine and Massachusetts and a public school observance day in Wisconsin.
This year marks the 244th anniversary of the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord as well as the legendary midnight ride of Paul Revere warning that the British were coming by sea after two lanterns were placed in the steeple of the old North Church in what is now Boston's North End.
In honor of the day state, county, and municipal offices are closed Monday but since it is not a federal public holiday federal offices are open. Many schools are closed for the spring break. Most stores, restaurants and other businesses are open.
All public transportation runs on a normal schedule with a few exceptions due to the Boston Marathon. The following MBTA Green Line stops will be closed because they are on the marathon route: Copley Station will be closed for the entire day as the marathon's finish line is directly outside that stop, while South Street (B Line), Kent Street (C Line) and St. Mary's (C Line) will be closed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Extra trains and buses will be added before and after the marathon to accomadate the crowds.
The Boston Marathon, the country's oldest annual marathon, begins in Hopkinton at 9 a.m. with the first finishers expected outside the Boston Public Library around 11:00a.m. The official race route goes 26 miles fro Hopkinton green to BackBay Boston. WBZ Newsradio will have wall to wall coverage beginning at 9:15 a.m.
The Red Sox play midday on Patriots' Day. This year there is an 11:05 a.m. start at Fenway Park against the Baltimore Orioles.
There are other festivities around the state marking the day. According to the National Park Service battle re-enactments will be held in Lincoln and Concord, with a faithful rendition of the North Church signal lights in Boston's North End setting off the legendary midnight ride of Paul Revere on Sunday.
And just in case you were wondering since Monday is also the federally pre-ordained deadline for filing your income taxes, taxpayers in Massachusetts and Maine are given a grace period because of the holiday. Your deadline is Wednesday April 17th.