Every year those in the state of Massachusetts get a holiday in the name of Patriots’ Day. What is this holiday, well for one, it is the day the Boston Marathon is run, and is also known as Marathon Monday. It is also a day that the Red Sox always play a home game. It is a state holiday where much is closed, and many are on the streets celebrating. Patriots’ Day as officially made a holiday on April 19, 1894, however in 1969 it was officially moved to the third Monday of April. It was in 1959 that the Red Sox began to always have a home game on Patriots’ Day, and was moved to a 11a.m. start time in 1968, to ensure those at the game would get out in time to cheer on the runners. It is a day of celebration, of history, and patriotism.
In 2013 two men would try to ruin the patriotism of Massachusetts by setting off bombs disrupting one of the greatest marathons. It would take law enforcement only 4 days to create a timeline, and make one arrest (the other bomber was killed in a shootout). Here is a timeline you can find on CNN.com regarding exactly how everything progressed. The thing these men did not know, Patriots’ Day is called that for a reason, as the people of Massachusetts very much love their city, and are fiercely protective of it. In fact, if you watch the movie “Patriots Day” starring Mark Wahlberg, you get an accurate portrayal of just how much people love that state.
Four years after the bombing, the Marathon is still going strong. And in fact, it was during this years race that the current mayor of Boston announced that a permanent memorial would be made and in place in time for the 2018 race.
If you ever have a chance to visit Boston for the marathon I would encourage you to do so. It really is a fascinating, moving day, full of amazing people, and fun times!!