250th Battle of Lexington

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Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here.

– Captain John Parker to his Minute Men on Lexington Green, April 19, 1775

April 19, 2025, marks the 250th Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The first shots of the American Revolution would lead to the birth of a new nation. As John Adams said, the Battle of Lexington “changed the instruments of warfare from the pen to the sword.” 

In association with the Lexington Historical Society, Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours is offering a special 250th Anniversary Tour to make a deep dive into the original story of the American Revolution, and giving YOU a front row spot for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The anniversary is sure to be attended by numerous dignitaries and be the focus of international attention. On the 100th Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, President Ulysses Grant attended the re-enactment. On the 200th Anniversary, President Jerry Ford visited Lexington. We don’t know who will be there for the 250th, but this is your chance to be a part of it.

The trip will be led by historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer, co-hosts of History Happy Hour. Chris is the London-based senior historian of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours with a tendency to take the King’s side in looking at the Revolution.  Rick leads our American Revolution tours. He created the Lexington Historical Society’s guidebook and orientation film, First Shot: The Day the Revolution Began,  and definitely favors the rebels. Get ready for sparks to fly!

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Highlights

  • Special VIP access to the April 19th re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington, as well as the re-enactment of Paul Revere’s ride the night before.[1]
  • Private candlelit Tavern Night at Buckman Tavern, across from Lexington Green, where the militia gathered the night before the battle. Plus, a tour of the tavern’s secret spaces few get to see.
  • Behind the scenes visit to the Lexington Historical Society Archives and Research Center, and private access to Revolutionary objects and ephemera.
  • Special seminars on weapons, tactics, colonial politics and RevWar archeology from renowned experts.
  • Guided walk along the Battle Road, site of intense fighting all the way from Concord to Lexington.
  • Tours of key RevWar sites in Boston: Old South Church, Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church and more.
  • Visit to Minuteman National Historical Park and the site of the Battle of Concord.
  • Excursions to lesser-known spots selected by our knowledgeable historians to more fully understand every aspect of this incredible story.
  • Unique 18th Century Cooking demonstration – with tasting, and authentic colonial drinks.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day-by-day itineary to be announced.

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Tour Dates

  • April 12 - 20, 2025
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