HAPPY PATRIOTS’ DAY
Patriots’ Day is a legal holiday observed in Massachusetts as a way to honor the NFL’s New England Patriots. What, that is not correct? What do you mean? That’s what Sarah Palin told me last week on the Boston Common. Oh, I see…
Actually, Patriots’ Day is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and state of Maine (once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts (around 9am). In the morning, a mounted reenactor with State Police escort retraces Paul Revere’s ride, calling out warnings the whole way.
Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend. Previously, it had been designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is also a school holiday for the many local colleges and universities, both public and private.
The Boston Marathon is run on Patriots’ Day every year so many Bostonians know the holiday as “Marathon Monday”. Maine’s oldest road race, the Boys and Girls Clubs Patriots’ Day 5-Miler, is held in Portland.
The Boston Red Sox have traditionally been scheduled to play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day every year since 1959. They were postponed due to bad weather in 1959, 1961, 1965, 1967, and 1984 and did not play in 1995 during the players’ strike. Since 1968 the games have started early in the morning around 11:00 AM. The early start to these games usually resulted in the game ending just as the marathon is heading through Kenmore Square. However, since 2007 the marathon has started between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM, resulting in the racers going through Kenmore towards the middle of the Red Sox game.
In honor of Patriots’ Day, Lynnrockets is taking a holiday today. In the meantime, please enjoy this Sarah Palin song parody.
Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the song parody.
I Left My Heart In San Francisco song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryF9p-nqsWw
I LEFT MY HEART IN OLD WASILLA
(sung to the Tony Bennett song “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”)
The loneliness of Juneau seems somehow sadly grey
The glory that was D.C. is of another day
I’m terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan
I’m longing for my favorite city in A-K
I left my heart back in Wasilla
and strip malls too
It’s where methamphetamines
are the drug of choice of the teens
You can hunt wolves from in the air,
I bagged a pair
My love waits there in old Wasilla
Todd the First Dude
When I come home to you,
Will you accept me
as your queen?