Photo: What’s open on Patriots’ Day
Patriots’ Day, the Bay State’s homegrown holiday, commemorates the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Menotomy on April 19, 1775, the first of the American Revolutionary War.
While the first shot was fired in Lexington and the Regulars were halted at North Bridge in Concord, more than half of all casualties that day occurred in modern-day Arlington as Minutemen from surrounding towns converged on Menotomy to ambush the British over the short distance from Foot of the Rocks (at the intersection of Lowell Street and Massachusetts Avenue) to Spy Pond on their retreat back to Boston.
Arlington will celebrate on Patriots’ Day to greet National Lancers riders reenacting Paul Revere and Williams Dawes’s famous ride warning, “The Regulars are out!” The celebration will occur at Whittemore Park, in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, 611 Mass. Ave. While awaiting the riders, you’re invited to join the activities: crafts, snacks, and a scavenger hunt beginning at 11 a.m. The riders are expected around noon.
Most of the day’s attention is focused on the Boston Athletic Association’s annual 26.2 miles marathon that bifurcates a 26-mile stretch of eastern Massachusetts. It will be a great day for runners and fans as the forecast calls for highs in the mid-50s, and overcast skies, with the rain holding off until the afternoon.
So, what’s opened and what’s closed?
- Belmont Town Hall, offices, and buildings are closed, as is the Belmont Public Library.
- Belmont public schools are closed Monday as they are shut for the week-long spring-time break.
- State offices such as the Register of Motor Vehicles and courts are closed.
Due to the holiday, trash and recycling curbside pickup is delayed a day, so if your removal day is Monday, don’t! Bring it to the side of the road on Tuesday.
And Massachusetts residents get an extra day, Tuesday, April 18 at 11:59 p.m., to submit or mail their federal and state taxes.
As it is a state holiday, the US Post Offices on Concord Avenue and in Waverley Square are open as are federal offices.
Star Market on Trapelo Road is open as are retail and convenience stores, eateries and restaurants, and liquor establishments. MBTA: All subway lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule with added service before and after the Marathon.
Marathon Monday on the MBTA:
- Various bus routes on the marathon route’s North and South sides will be detoured.
- Due to congestion, bikes are prohibited on any MBTA vehicles on Patriots’ Day.
- An all-day pass is being offered for the Framingham/Worcester line.
- Copley Station will be closed all day Monday.
- View the MBTA’s Patriots’ Day schedule here.