The Town of Hopkinton was established in 1715 and gains widespread media attention each year in April when the internationally known Boston Marathon is run. Runners from all over the world gather on Main Street to begin their 26-mile run in what is always a colorful and exciting event. Hopkinton's resourcefulness and spirit is shared by Town residents, the local business and industrial communities, who volunteer and participate in town government and contribute generously to community projects and programs. All play a part in carrying on the town's nearly 300 years of history and tradition as a caring place to live.
Public and private recreational facilities in town include Hopkinton State Park, Whitehall State Park, the Town beach on Lake Maspenock, fishing, tennis courts, playgrounds, the Saddle Hill Country Club and the YMCA.
Cultural events include the Hopkinton Polyarts Festival, Fourth of July parade and bonfire, and the summer concert series on the Town Common. The Town is proud of its community-supported educational system, its new, expanded, recycling facility and its leaf composting program.
In an unusual welcoming gesture, the Board of Selectmen writes a letter to each new resident describing Hopkinton's facilities and programs and urging them to involve themselves in Town affairs as part of "warm and friendly Hopkinton".