Is 5:30 a.m. dawn or predawn? The best way to find out is to haul yourself out of bed Monday and watch the annual reenactment of the Battle of Lexington.
Either way, it was an ungodly hour to start a revolution 243 years ago. And if you show up in time at Battle Green this year, you’ll witness the history-changing clash between British soldiers and local militiamen that we honor on Patriots Day. The reenactment has a rain date: Saturday, April 21, also at 5:30 a.m.
With forecasters expecting heavy rainfall, frigid temperatures, and strong winds on Monday, a number of Patriots Day celebrations already have been canceled, postponed, or moved.
Among the events that have been canceled are the Paul Revere Row at the Charlestown Navy Yard; the Patriots Day parade in Concord; and several events in Lexington, including the reenactment of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, the sunrise youth parade, the DAR memorial service, and the Paul Revere greeting. The Patriots Day morning ceremonies in Lexington scheduled for 8:15 a.m. have also been moved to the Cary Memorial Building at 1605 Massachusetts Ave. Meanwhile, the 11 a.m. Red Sox-Orioles game at Fenway Park has been rescheduled for May 17 at 7:10 p.m. because of Monday’s rainy forecast.
You’ll have another chance to don your tricorn hat on Thursday for a dawn salute at the North Bridge. The Concord Minute Men and the Concord Independent Battery will observe the opening battle of the revolution with a 21-gun musket and cannon salute at 6 a.m.
And don’t miss “Remembering the Ladies” at 10 a.m. The Molly Cutthroats, a living history group dedicated to the role of women in the Revolution, will fire a ceremonial volley of musketry at the North Bridge.
For even more events, visit the Minute Man National Historical Park’s website at www.nps.gov/mima.Leslie Anderson can be reached at email@example.com.