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The Boston Marathon is Monday, the 118th running of this high profile event. It also will get a lot of attention because of the bombings last year. However, this marathon always attracts elite athletes and a huge crowd of onlookers. During most of its history, the Boston Marathon is run on Patriots' Day.
How many states celebrate Patriots' Day?
The answer is: 1. two
According to the history of the Boston Marathon on the race's website, from 1897-1968, the event was held on Patriots' Day, April 19, a holiday commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War. It's recognized in only two states, Massachusetts and Maine. The race was run on the 19th except when the 19th fell on a Sunday. In 1969, the holiday was officially moved to the third Monday in April. Since 1969, the race has been held on that Monday.