250th Anniversary of the 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 of the Battle of Lexington 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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  • VIP access to 250th Anniversary Re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington: Attend the April 19th re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington as well as the re-enactment of Paul Revere’s ride the night before (This dawn re-enactment will likely draw tens of thousands of people for the anniversary; no one really knows what to expect; viewing locations are still being worked out.)
  • Private candlelit Tavern Night at Buckman Tavern: Tour the tavern located across from Lexington Green, where the militia gathered the night before the battle, to see secret spaces few get to see
  • Lexington Historical Society Archives & Research Center: Go behind-the-scenes at the Society’s curatorial and archival center and have private access to Revolutionary objects and ephemera
  • Revolutionary War Experts: Attend special seminars on weapons, tactics, colonial politics, and Revolutionary War archeology from renowned experts
  • Guided walk along the Battle Road: Walk from Concord to Lexington, where intense fighting took place
  • Key Revolutionary War sites in Boston: Tour Old South Church, Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church, and more
  • Minuteman National Park: Visit the site of the Battle of Concord
  • Excursions to lesser-known spots: More fully understand every aspect of this incredible story, visiting places selected by our knowledgeable historians

Day-By-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 Boston (Saturday, April 12, 2025)

Guests travel independently to Boston. You will gather for an evening Welcome Reception and Dinner at the historic Parker House Hotel. The historians will introduce the you to the week ahead.

Overnight Boston.

DAY 2 Boston (Sunday, April 13, 2025)

Your first stop is the Old South meetinghouse, where Chris and Rick will introduce you to their different perspectives on the Revolution.

The very language Americans use to talk about the Revolution takes a side. The British are not loyalists; they are Tories. Their soldiers are not Regular; they are Redcoats. The Americans are not simply rebels; they are Patriots. In Boston, you walk the Freedom Trail. Faneuil Hall is called the “Cradle of Liberty”

But there is more to the story. Most Americans considered themselves loyal subjects of the King. Even most of the men who stood on Lexington Green or by the bridge in Concord sought redress of their grievances, not necessarily Independence.

You will begin the tour with a balanced look at what brought the crisis in the Colonies.

Then, you will walk the Freedom Trail and learn about the first stirrings of Independence.

  • Site of the Boston Massacre in 1770
  • Faneuil Hall
  • The Old State House
  • Lunch in the North End
  • Paul Revere’s House in the North End, preserved as the city grew and changed around it
  • Old North Church, where Revere arranged for the hanging of signal lanterns, “one if by land, two if by sea” on the fateful night of April 18, 1775
  • The Printing Offices of Edes and Gill
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground, famous both for who is buried there and for being the site of British artillery in the Battle of Bunker Hill

Free evening in Boston. Dinner on your own. Overnight Boston.

DAY 3 Cambridge, Boston (Monday, April 14, 2025)

You will begin with the Battle of Bunker Hill. Fought just across the water from the North End on June 17, 1775, this was the first large-scale battle between Patriots and British Regulars. In the aftermath of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, rebels occupied the hill just outside Boston. The King’s Troops responded with a show of force, bombarding Charlestown and sending 3,000 soldiers charging up the hill. British troops eventually drove the colonials away but at a terrible cost. The first big battle of the Revolution, its impact will echo down through the years.

Then it is on to Cambridge, where you will walk Tory Row and visit the house that George Washington used as his headquarters.

After lunch in Cambridge, you will visit the Old Powder House, where a British raid in September 1774 and the resulting “Powder Alarm" set the stage for the outbreak of hostilities that would come six months later.

Finally, you will visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for a curator-led tour of their impressive early-American collection, including dozens of works by John Singleton Copley and a silver bowl made by Paul Revere that is considered one of the nation’s three most historical treasures (along with the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence).

Free evening in Boston. Dinner on your own. Overnight Boston.

DAY 4 Marblehead, Salem, Lexington (Tuesday, April 15, 2025)

In March 1776, Washington placed artillery atop Dorchester Heights and bluffed the British into evacuating Boston. You’ll visit a little-known monument to that event on the heights overlooking Boston.

Then you will travel north to Marblehead and Salem. Here, you will trace the path of the Salem Gunpowder Raid, which took place in February 1775, two months before the battles of Lexington and Concord. It very easily could have led to an outbreak if cooler heads hadn’t prevailed.

Then it is on to Lexington, where you will check into the new hotel. You will attend a lecture at the Lexington Historical Society before a group dinner.

Overnight Lexington.

DAY 5 Lexington and Concord (Wednesday, April 16, 2025)

You will set out on this day to explore the earthshaking events of April 19, 1775. You will begin on the Green in Lexington, where Chris and Rick will set the stage for what happened that day. You will visit the tavern where the militia gathered the night before the battle, the town common where the early morning battle erupted, and the cemetery where the dead were laid.

Then it’s on to Concord, where the Americans scored their first victory at Old North Bridge. The Colonists pummeled the Redcoats as they retreated back to Boston, and you'll explore a restored portion of the road. The fighting reached a crescendo as the British column, led now by Lord Percy, passed through Menotomy (modern-day Arlington). Stopping there, you will learn the extraordinary story of the oldest man who fought that day – and why he is now the Massachusetts State Hero.

Half the group will have a candlelight dinner at the Buckman Tavern on Lexington Green, while the other half will eat at the Colonial Tavern in Concord.

Overnight Lexington.

DAY 6 Lexington, Weston (Thursday, April 17, 2025)

Today, you will have special access to the Lexington Historical Society archives. The curator will give you an exclusive showing of archival holdings connected with the Battle of Lexington. You will also have a chance to visit Monroe Tavern, which operated as a field hospital for the British during the momentous events of April 19th.  

Then, in the afternoon, a visit to the Golden Ball Tavern in Weston, a museum housed in a historic Pre-Revolutionary home and tavern, tells the story of Loyalists during the War of Independence. The museum is among only a handful of institutions in the country dedicated to bringing to life the Loyalist experience. The Tavern was opened in 1770 by Isaac Jones, a Loyalist (or Tory) who advocated compromise over conflict with Great Britain at considerable personal risk.

The group will again divide for dinner. Those who ate at Buckman Tavern last night will eat at the Colonial Inn tonight and vice versa.

Overnight Lexington.

DAY 7 Lexington (Friday, April 18, 2025)

In the morning, you will attend a Battle of Lexington symposium featuring multiple speakers. There will be some free time built into the day with evening dinner lectures from Rick and Chris.

Although details are still pending with the organizer, after dinner, we hope to gather in a reserved spot at the historic Hancock-Clarke House to witness a re-enactment of Paul Revere’s arrival with word that British troops are on their way.

Overnight Lexington.

DAY 8 Battle of Lexington 250th Anniversary Re-enactment  (Saturday, April 19, 2025)

We arise well before dawn to be in place for the 250th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington on the Lexington Green, which starts at 6 a.m. We will have reserved viewing locations to witness the arrival of the king’s troops and the clash that started the Revolution.

Afterwards, the group will gather at a Pancake Breakfast at St. Brigid’s church – a Lexington tradition! Then, you will get to enjoy other events going on in Lexington that day. 

That night, the group will have our final Dinner at the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington. Chris and Rick will wrap up the incredible week!

Overnight Lexington.

DAY 9 Boston Airport (Sunday, April 20, 2025)

One morning transfer to the Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).


Tour Dates

  • April 12 - 20, 2025 - Waitlist Only!
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TRIP COST $5,990

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. For a single room add $1,100.

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