Celebrate the United States at the Boston Marathon

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Celebrate the United States at the Boston Marathon

Iconic and festive, the Boston Marathon transforms the Massachusetts capital on and around Patriots' Day through its mix of sports fervour and national pride.

In Boston, the birthplace of the United States, Patriots' Day takes on a special dimension. This holiday in three states (Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Maine) commemorates the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, which occurred in Massachusetts. Bostonians call this ‘Marathon Monday': every third Monday in April since 1897, Patriots' Day coincides with the mythical Boston Marathon, the world's oldest marathon. About 30,000 runners race across town, encouraged by a million enthusiastic spectators who line the 42.195-kilometre route with folding chairs and barbecues. The competitive level is high: the race is only open to experienced marathoners. Prolong the fun by attending the traditional Patriots' Day home game of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

18 April 2016


Free for spectators

Start time: 10:00 a.m.