The tradition of honoring the Battle is perhaps unique… the Bennington Community has been celebrating the victory every year starting in 1778, the year after the battle. Some of the celebrations have been huge… in 1877, US president Hayes was part of the celebration, and in 1891 US president Harrison was on hand for the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument… at 306’ tall, it is the tallest man-made structure in Vermont to this day.
Why is it called the Battle of Bennington?
It would be better to say it was the Battle for Bennington, because the target of the British raid was a Continental supply depot where the Bennington Monument now stands. The raiders never got there. They were soundly defeated on August 16, 1777, just over the New York line by a combined force of Vermonters and militiamen from surrounding states under Gen. John Stark, and the Continental regiment of Green Mountain Boys under Col. Seth Warner. Bennington was a critical Patriot victory that led to the British surrender at Saratoga two months later, which changed the course of the war – and the history of the world.
Every Battle Day weekend the Town of Bennington’s Fire Department takes the lead in planning the celebrations and its impressively large parade that is always on Sunday.
Plans for this year's celebrations will be posted here as the information becomes available. You can subscribe to this page to be informed when information is updated. You can also visit the Bennington Fire Department's Battle Day Parade Facebook Page.
2023 Battle Day Celebrations
Here is the current schedule for this year. Details on times and other particulars will be added soon!
- 8/10 - Car Cruise with Hemmings Motor News - DOWNTOWN BENNINGTON
- 8/11 - Lunch, Chicken Barbeque, Vegas Night - BENNINGTON FIREHOUSE
- 8/12 - Kids Day - BENNINGTON FIRE HOUSE
- 8/13 - Battle Day Parade - ON MAIN STREET, Battle Day Raffle: Parade starts at 12:30 pm. To be in the parade, use this application.
At the Bennington Battle Monument
Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13: The weekend Celebration of the Battle of Bennington
10:00 PM – 4:00 PM - In August of 1777 a decisive battle took place 9 miles from a much-needed storehouse, where the Monument now stands. A small contingent of minute men and farmers stayed behind guarding the storehouse. Reenactors will be onsite to discuss the importance of the Battle of Bennington and what life was like for Colonial Soldiers. An ongoing outdoor event.
Saturday August 12: The 17th annual Battle Day 5K road race
Sponsored by the Friends of the Monument. This is the eighteenth annual Battle Day 5K race. The race starts and ends at the Monument. The course is slightly rolling. In keeping with the Battle Day activities, this race is started with the firing of a cannon or revolutionary war era rifle. Following the 5K race is a 1/2 mile Kids fun Run. Registration forms are available on line Registration Form: https://www.raceentry.com/battle-day-5k-road-race/race-information
- Registration starts at 7:00 AM
- Race starts at 8:30 AM
At the Bennington Battlefield
5231 NY Route 67, Walloomsac, NY - about six miles from Battle Monument
Hourly Tours of Bennington Battlefield | August 12-13
Enjoy guided tours of the battlefield on the hour Saturday and Sunday at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 3:00 & 4:00. Visitors will be led through the major points of interest in the First Engagement of the battle. A mix of driving and walking is required. No RSVP necessary. Call 518-860-9094 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
Commemoration of the Battle of Bennington | August 16, 7:00 PM
Join us for a commemoration marking the 246th anniversary of the Battle of Bennington. Representatives of the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment, the Battle Monument in Vermont, as well as Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution chapters will help to mark the occasion. Historical accounts will be shared before a wreath-laying and artillery salute.