FIRST FOOT GUARDS EVENTS, 2018

We invite you to come to our events, see what we do, and consider joining the Guards. All events are open to the public and are free except Old Sturbridge Village, Fort Ticonderoga, and Fort at Number 4 where there is a nominal admission fee. All events are subject to change due to weather or other cicumstances, so before attending an event, always check the event host's web site for the latest information. Many of these events repeat every year and there are photos and videos of many of them on our Photos and Videos pages.

Sat, April 7, 2018, Bedford Parade and Pole Capping, Bedford, MA, 10:30am. Colonial militia companies march from the Bedford Common, 75 Great Rd (Rtes. 4&225), along Great Rd to Wilson Park where a Minuteman will proclaim freedom by shinnying up a 25-foot pole and placing a red cap on it, but British soldiers will arrive to disrupt the festivities.
Battleroad.org, Events
Bedfordminutemancompany.org/PoleCapping
News article and video on the Pole Capping
Video of the Bedford Parade and Pole Capping

Sun, April 8, 2018, Dress rehearsal for the Patriots Day battle on Lexington Green reenactment, Battle Green, 1900 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington center, 2-3:30pm, units arrive 1pm. Hosted by the Lexington Minutemen. Rain date Sat, April 7, 2pm (so check weather forecast and host website).
Lexingtonminutemen.com
Battleroad.org, Events
Photos, Lexington Green rehearsal, April 6, 2014

Sat, April 14, 2018, Parker's Revenge, Minute Man National Historic Park, Battle Road Trail near Whittemore House and at Bloody Bluff, Minute Man Visitor Center, Rte. 2A, Lexington MA, 1pm. British and Colonial reenactors will portray the running battle that took place along this deadly stretch of road as the British column marched back to Boston. Park at the Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Rd (Rte. 2A), Lexington MA. Bloody Bluff is directly across Rte. 2A at the corner of Old Massachusetts Ave.
Battleroad.org, Events
Minute Man National Historical Park

Sat, April 14, 2018, Tower Park Battle, Munroe Tavern and Tower Park, 1332 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington MA, 4-5pm. The British units arrive at Munroe Tavern at 3pm then march at 4pm along Massachusetts Ave. to the waiting Colonial militias at Tower Park for a large battle demonstration.
Battleroad.org, Events
Photos, Tower Park Battle, April 19, 2014
Photos, Tower Park Battle, April 18, 2015

Mon, April 16, 2018, Battle on Lexington Green reenactment, Battle Green, Lexington center, 5:30am. Recreates the events in Lexington on the morning of April 19, 1775.
Battleroad.org, Events
Lexington Patriots Day events
Boston.com, Scenes from Lexington Green
Wikipedia, Battles of Lexington and Concord

Mon, April 16, 2018, Commemoration of the Battle at North Bridge, Minute Man National Historical Park, 269 Monument St., Concord MA, 8am, followed by a Mourn Arms ceremony at the British graves at the North Bridge. The Concord parade from Concord Center arrives at the North Bridge at about 9:30am. Note, all roads in the center of Concord will be closed to vehicles beginning at 8:30am.
Battleroad.org, Events
Minute Man National Historical Park
Wikipedia, Battles of Lexington and Concord

Mon, April 16, 2018, Lexington Patriots Day Parade, Massachusetts Ave., Lexington MA, from Maple St. through Lexington center, 2pm.
Battleroad.org, Events
Photos, Lexington Patriots Day Parade, April 21, 2014

Sun, April 22, 2018, Revolutionary Graves Ceremony, Lincoln, MA, 2pm. March from the Pierce House, 17 Weston Rd., along Lexington Rd. to a ceremony at the Old Town Cemetery (Precinct Burial Ground, part of Lincoln Cemetery, 83 Lexington Rd.) and back.
Battleroad.org, Events
Pierce House
Photos, Revolutionary Graves Ceremony, April 21, 2013

Sat, April 28, 2018, Colonial Tavern, Stetson House, Hanover, 514 Hanover St, Hanover, MA, 10am-2pm. Fundraiser for the historic Stetson House.
Hanoverhistoricalsociety.com/visit/

Mon, May 28, 2018, Memorial Day, Stetson House, Hanover, 514 Hanover St, Hanover, MA, 10am-2pm.
Hanoverhistoricalsociety.com/visit/

Sat, Jun 9, 2018, Liberty Pole Day, Alden House, Duxbury, 105 Alden St, Duxbury, MA, 10am-4pm. Military encampment and fife & drum music and the story of American Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson. Members of the First Foot Guards will portray a colonial militia unit.
Alden.org
Alden.org/content/calendar.pdf
The Almost-Battle of Marshfield

Sun, June 10, 2018, Bunker Hill Parade, Bunkerhill St., Charlestown, MA, 12:30pm, but be there by 10am to find parking or take public transportation. The parade steps off at the lower end of Bunker Hill St. at Vine St. and returns via Main St. to Winthrop St.
Boston Central events, Bunker Hill Parade
Facebook.com/BunkerHillDayParade
Wikipedia, The Battle of Bunker Hill

Sat-Sun, June 16-17, 2018, Battle of Monmouth, Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 Business Rte 33, Manalapan, New Jersey, Sat 9:30am-3:30pm, Sun 9:30am-3pm. 240th anniversary. Large battles with 800 to 1200 reenactors.
Friendsofmonmouth.org/reenactment.html
Directions
Battle of Monmouth reenactment, The History List
state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/monbat.html
Britishbattles.com/battle-monmouth.htm
Historynet.com/battle-of-monmouth.htm
wpi.edu/academics/military/monmouth.html

Wed, July 4, 2018, Hingham July 4th Parade, Hingham, MA, 10am step-off from Hingham High School on Pleasant St. and ending around 11am at Station St. See web site below for parade route and parking.
Hingham-ma.gov/504/Event-Information

Sat-Sun, July 7-8, 2018, Battle of Hubbardton, Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, 5696 Monument Hill Rd., Hubbardton, VT. Encampment reenacting the 1777 battle in which the American rear guard stopped the persuing British army.
historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/hubbardton
Revolutionaryday.com/usroute7/hubbardton/default.htm
Battle of Hubbardton
Revolutionarywararchives.org/hubbardton.html

Sat-Sun, July 21-22, 2018, Battle Reenactment: Defiance and Independence, Fort Ticonderoga, 100 Fort Ti Rd., Ticonderoga, NY. Large-scale reenactment of British siege of American-held Fort Ticonderoga in June, 1777 at the reconstructed stone fortress on beautiful grounds overlooking Lake Champlain, 9:30am-5pm.
Defiance and Independence Reenactment
Fortticonderoga.org
Wikipedia, Fort Ticonderoga
Photos, Fort Ticonderoga reenactment, Sept. 11, 2010

Sat-Sun, Aug 4-5, 2018, Redcoats to Rebels, Old Sturbridge Village, 29 Stallion Hill Rd., Sturbridge, MA, Sat. 9am-8pm, Sun. 9am-4pm. Large-scale encampment in 1820s village with 800 to 1000 reenactors, many units, including artillery, and large battles both days.
osv.org/event/redcoats-rebels
Redcoats & Rebels, The History List
osv.org
Photos, Redcoats to Rebels encampment, Aug. 1, 2009

Sat-Sun, Aug 25-26, 2018, Fort Ontario Reenactment, Fort Ontario, 1 East Fourth St, Oswego, NY.
Historic Fort Ontario - Friends of Fort Ontario
Fort Ontario Events
Fort Ontario State Historic Site

Sat-Sun, Sept 15-16, 2018, Revolutionary War Reenactment & Colonial Festival, Mt. Harmon Plantation, 600 Mount Harmon Rd, Earleville, MD. 1,000 reenactors plus colonial craft vendors and living history activities. Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm. $5 admission.
Mountharmon.org/events
Event flyer
Press release

Sat-Sun, Sept 29-30, 2018, Return to the Fort at Number 4, 267 Springfield Rd. (Rte 11), Charlestown (formerly township Number 4), NH. Large encampment at a large authentically restored wooden fort and settlement on the Connecticut River. Battles both days.
Fortat4.org/revwar/revwar.html
Fortat4.com
Wikipedia, Fort at Number 4

Sat, Oct 27, 2018, Battle of The Red Horse Tavern, Longfellow's Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Rd., Sudbury, MA. A day of military activities and battle reenactments on the grounds of the historic Wayside Inn. Hosted by the Sudbury Companies of Militia & Minute.
Wayside.org/events
Photos, Battle of Red Horse Tavern, Oct. 24, 2015, 1
Photos, Battle of Red Horse Tavern, Oct. 24, 2015, 2

Sat, Nov 17, 2018, Plymouth Thanksgiving Parade, Plymouth, MA, 11am. The parade steps off at Benny's Plaza, 179 Court St. (Rte. 3A at Nelson St.) continues south on Court St. then left on Water St., ending at Cole's Hill on Water St.
USAthanksgiving.com/parade/
Facebook.com/usathanksgiving
Patriot Ledger 2016 parade article, photos

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