Patriot’s Day Ceremonies on April 17th Commemorate Paul Revere’s Ride

Annual celebration of the historic event to include colonial games, refreshments, visit by “Paul Revere” on horseback.

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 1 Alderman Matt McLaughlin, and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission invite all residents and community members to the City’s annual Patriot’s Day celebration, to be held at Foss Park on Mon., April 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Co-sponsored by the Preservation Commission, Historic Somerville, the Somerville Museum, and East Somerville Main Streets, the day’s events will include Colonial games, light refreshments, live music by the Somerville High School band, and a visit from “Paul Revere” on horseback on his historic ride from Boston to Lexington through Somerville.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with music, games and refreshments, followed by a brief speaking program and poetry read by Somerville youth, and the arrival of Paul Revere. Children will receive a newly revised Colonial Times Passport and are invited to participate in various Colonial-era games such as hoop rolling, ring toss and Jacob’s ladder. Children who complete each of the six stations will receive a small prize to commemorate Somerville’s 175th Anniversary of separating from Charlestown. Volunteers will be dressed in traditional Colonial attire and attendees are encouraged to do the same.

Volunteers Needed for Colonial Fair

Event organizers are seeking adults and high school students to help plan and execute the Colonial Fair at Foss Park on Monday, April 17. Volunteers are needed in several areas, including: community outreach, working with youth to create drawings about the event and our community in Colonial times, leading Colonial-era games, serving refreshments, and distributing and stamping Colonial Passports. New ideas for the games and passports are also welcome. All volunteers will be asked to dress in Colonial era clothing. We have clothing to lend and/or tips for what to wear of your own. We’ll also teach you games to lead, including hopscotch, cat’s cradle, hoop rolling and ring toss.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Brandon Wilson at 617-625-6600 ext. 2500, or Historic Somerville at, or 617-625-5809.


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