What is the Worcester Revolution?

The Worcester Revolution of 1774 is a collection of historically minded individuals from a wide segment of Worcester County who have come together to build the appreciation of the true history of the region. The effort is taking place as a partnership of the historical and cultural organizations of the area as listed below.

The Celebration Quick Facts

What: A Celebration of the 1774 Worcester Revolution in the style of "First Night"
When: October 2nd, 2016, 1pm - 5pm
Where: Salisbury Cultural District, Worcester MA

Imagine, in the year 1774 . . .

The Massachusetts Charter had been revoked. Citizens of the Province were stripped of the right to vote and hold town offices. Two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, almost five thousand Worcester County militiamen marched into the county's seat. They seized the Royal court and, without firing a shot, forced each Royal official to recant the coercive acts and their allegiance to British Parliament.

The battles of the American Revolution would take place elsewhere, but the actual establishment of an independent democracy occurred in Worcester first – two years before the Declaration of Independence! The effects of the Worcester Revolution were enormous both for 18th-century Massachusetts and for the emerging nation.

The celebration on October 2nd

The time to celebrate Worcester's role in the American Revolution is now and Worcester Revolution of 1774 is bringing central Massachusetts' role to light. A summer of local programming will culminate on October 2nd, 2016 in an afternoon celebration of Worcester County's revolutionary history.

On October 2nd, 2016, join an afternoon fair commemorating this historical moment. Activities will include:

  • A reenactment overthrowing of British rule in Worcester.
  • A professional play telling the story of the Worcester Revolution.
  • Lectures and Discussions.
  • Presentations by historian Ray Raphael.
  • Music and Entertainment.
  • Activities and crafts for kids.
  • Tours of revolutionary Worcester.
  • Reenactors of Colonial Militia and British Troops.