Fourth of July Information for 2024

fourth 4th of July fireworksCelebrate the Fourth of July! 

A number of events are happening this Fourth of July in honor of the Declaration of Independence that created our nation. 

The events begin at noon with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Bennington Battle Monument. There is no charge for this event. After the reading, there will be a car parade from the Monument down to the Town offices at 205 South Street. All are welcome to participate. 

At approximately 1:00 pm in front of the Town offices, there will be a bell ringing ceremony in honor of the 1963 congressional resolution declaring "that the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence should be observed each year by the ringing of bells throughout the United States... in the afternoon of the 4th day of July.”

The bell will be rung thirteen times by Bennington Rotary members, each representing one of the original 13 states. A fourteenth bell ringer is chosen to honor Vermont as the fourteenth state. The Bennington Rotary chooses a group or individual each year that is outstanding in our community to be the ringer. 

Past recipients chosen as the “14th Bell Ringer” include the Bennington Elks Lodge, Oldcastle Theater, the Bennington Historical Society, the Bennington Rescue Squad, the Vermont National Guard, the North Bennington Village School, the MAU Chamber Singers, and Patricia Johnson, RN-SVMC. 

This year to honor Vermont, the members of the Bennington Fire Department have been chosen to be the 14th bell ringers.

After the ceremony, the public is invited to ring the bell as well. 

Beginning at 5:00 pm at Willow Park in Bennington, there will be a variety of food and craft vendors. The Crossover Cloggers will perform from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm followed by live music from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Fireworks will be at Willow Park and will begin at approximately 9:30 pm. In the case of extreme weather, the rain date for fireworks only will be Sunday, July 7.