Patriot’s Day in Maine but Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts
Today is Patriot’s Day in Maine which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot’s Day is on the third Monday in April and is celebrated in Massachusetts and Wisconsin too but it’s named a little different.
In Massachusetts and Wisconsin it’s called Patriots’ Day while Maine it's Patriot’s Day (notice the difference?) Why the different placement of the apostrophe? No idea. I think in Maine we just want to be different than Massachusetts. Both are grammatically correct.
Today, April 18, is also The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere in 1775. One of the big highlights of the day is the ringing of the bell that warned local troops that ‘the British were coming’.
Of course this is a day off for many in Maine and Massachusetts.
Another big event on Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts is the running of the Boston Marathon. This year marks the 120th year for the event.