Massachusetts Grand Opening Celebration

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Is Your Day, Massachusetts

A Patriotic Salute to Massachusetts!

The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced 13 days of festivities on March 23-April 4, 2017, with a patriotic salute to each of America’s 13 original states, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.



Massachusetts was featured on March 28.



Welcoming Ceremony   11:00am
Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater


We honored the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and saluted its brave men and women who fought for our independence. State officials and members of state heritage organizations and historical societies gathered at 11 a.m. in the museum lobby for a progressive ceremony through sections of permanent exhibition galleries and along the American Revolution Grand Corridor, where the state emblem was adjoined to a permanent exhibit honoring the first 13 states. The procession continued to the Artillery Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., where the state flag was presented in a ceremonial display with welcoming remarks. A flag raising concluded with an artillery salute.



Afternoon activities—Education Center Classrooms


Classroom Program –                                               1:00 p.m.
Curtis White, Salem Maritime National Historic Site
“Customs Enforcement in Salem, Massachusetts: Prelude to War 1760-1775”



Classroom Program –                                        1:45 p.m.
Leslie Obleschuk, Minute Man National Historic Park
”The Battles of Lexington and Concord”



Classroom Program –                                         2:30 p.m.
Garret Cloer, Boston National Historic Park
“Joseph Warren & the Battle of Bunker Hill”




Classroom Program –                                           3:30 p.m.
Garett Cloer, Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historical Site
“George Washington:‘…the Gentleman and Soldier look agreably blended in him’ ”




Classroom Program –                                              4:15 p.m.
Jason Halin, Adams National Historical Park
“Families in the Revolution: Patriots in the countryside: The
Revolutionary Partnership of John and Abigail Adams”




Massachusetts’ American Revolution Story

Beginning with the Stamp Act of 1765, the Massachusetts colony and its capital of Boston played a leading role in colonial resistance. A decade-long crisis gave way to war in April of 1775, when combat erupted on the Lexington Green at Concord’s North Bridge and along the road to Boston. An eleven-month siege followed, which saw one of the bloodiest battles of the war at Bunker Hill, the creation of the Continental Army, the emergence of George Washington, and the evacuation of the British Army on March 17, 1776. Massachusetts contributed more men to the Continental Army than any other state, and the Commonwealth, its citizens, and the events within its borders continued to influence the new nation. Massachusetts’ signers of the Declaration of Independence include Elbridge Gerry, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, president of the 2nd Continental Congress, and John Adams, the second president of the United States.


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