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Ah, it's that great day of the year in Boston, when the baseball game starts at 11 a.m. and the streets flow with vomit. It's Patriots Day!

We will confess, the only thing we know about Patriots Day is that it's the day that the Boston Marathon happens and the Red Sox play obsenely early. (For one year, back in 1988, the players complained and got the start time pushed back an hour to noon, but that only lasted one season.) It turns out, the holiday was "first observed in 1894 and commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord that were fought on April 19, 1775. These battles started the American Revolutionary War and were made famous because they spawned the midnight ride of Paul Revere." Ah yes. Apparently, the only other states that celebrate Patriots Day are Maine and Wisconsin, though they haven't instituted the morning-game-at-Miller-Park tradition yet.

There are many reasons people enjoy living in Boston, and having Patriots Day seems like as good a one as we can come up with. Unless, of course, you're a temp. Then it's just another crappy day you don't get paid.

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