Bennington Battle Day Weekend 2022

Picture of people marching in the Bennington Battle Day Parade

PHOTO CREDIT: Southwestern Vermont Chamber & Lorianna Weathers Photography

Celebrating the Battle of Bennington
August 12-14, 2022

In August of 1777 a decisive battle took place several miles from where the Bennington Battle Monument now stands. A small contingent of militia stayed behind guarding the storehouse, while the main force under General Stark marched forth to meet the British forces led by Colonel Baum at a bridge crossing over the Walloomsac in nearby New York. The three day encounter culminated in a decisive victory by the Americans over the British and set the stage for the defeat of General Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga a couple of months later. The Battle of Bennington is unique in having been celebrated continuously every year since the battle with the first celebration in 1778. We are proud to continue this tradition of honoring our shared history at this 245th celebration.

We will update this page as event information is finalized and made available.


THURSDAY, August 11:

5 pm: Corn Hole Tournament at Dutchman’s Tavern
Registration begins at 5 pm, games start at 6 pm. For more information contact Mary via email.


FRIDAY, August 12:

11 am – 2 pm: Lunch
Lunch of Hot Sausage, Burgers, Hot Dogs, available for purchase at the Bennington Fire Station (served by members of the Bennington Fire Department).

4 pm – until gone: Chicken Barbecue Dinner
$12 per person, at the Bennington Fire Station. Purchase tickets in advance at the Fire House at 130 River Street, usually between 1 pm and 6 pm.

6 pm – 10 pm: Vegas Night
Located at the Firehouse at 130 River Street. Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Spin Wheel, Dice Game, Tickets, Cash Raffle Tickets.


SATURDAY, August 13:

The 17th annual Battle Day 5K road race
Sponsored by the Friends of the Monument. This is the seventeenth 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 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

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Re-enactors will be onsite at the Battle Monument to discuss the importance of the Battle of Bennington and what life was like for Soldiers. An ongoing outdoor event.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Moodus Drum and Fife Corps presentation. The Moodus Drum and Fife Corps will march and play on the South Side of the Lawn of the Battle Monument.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Kids Day
Family friendly activities at the Vermont Veterans Home on the Park Street side. Bubble play, bounce house, water shower/spray from the ladder truck, water slide with small bouncy house, Copsicle Wagon, and popcorn.

10:00 am – 8:00 pm • Battle Re-enactment at the Battlefield
An encampment and battle re-enactments will take place on the Bennington Battlefield in Walloomsac, N.Y. For battle details, visit https://www.brigade.org/bennington2022.

12:00 pm
USS Bennington Memorial Service – wreath laying ceremony at the ship’s bell. Bennington Town Office, 205 South Street, Bennington.

11:00 am – 7:00 pm
4th Annual Downtown Bennington Food Truck Festival-Battle Day Saturday!
Join us on Saturday August 13th from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.at the corner of Main and School Street, Bennington VT. Entertainment starts with two back to back performances by the Crossover Cloggers (11:30 am and 1:00 pm). The Throwbacks perform from 2:30-4:30 pm and Flashpoint is on stage from 5:00-7:00 pm. There will be many culinary delights, a cash bar (Madison’s Brewery) & face painting. Explore menus that include Mediterranean, Jamaican, Mexican, Slavonian, BBQ, Comfort foods, kettle corn, maple fried dough, slushies, cotton candy, baked goods, frozen treats, donuts, and more! Entrance to the event is free. Explore downtown Bennington, eat and drink with friends and family and enjoy some awesome entertainment all day long! Couldn’t happen without our sponsors: Bank of Bennington, Coggins Auto Group, William C Deveneau. Esq., Hannaford Supermarkets, Bennington Banner, All American Waste
Email bennfoodtruckfest@gmail.com for more information.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Potluck Dinnert with the Re Enactors, at the Church Barn located on the Monument Circle. Bring a potluck dish to enjoy conversation and food with the 18th Century Guardians of the Bennington Storehouse


SUNDAY, August 14

12:30 pm   Bennington Battle Day Parade
Possibly Vermont’s biggest parade! Dozens of floats and firetrucks for a 1 mile long parade that usually lasts an hour or more. Parade begins at Main and Safford Street and heads west to Depot Street. North on Depot Street to the terminus at River Street. Reviewing stand is at four corners, junction of Main Street and Route 7.

2:30 pm
“FOR THE CAUSE”- WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR: A Vintage Visitors Presentation.
While Civil War generals, armies, and battles have been the subject of countless books, magazine articles, movies and documentaries, the contributions of women in the conflict have been less noted. Women were no less involved than the men, sometimes in strikingly similar roles. The first woman ever to lead a military mission for the US Army did so in 1863 and she was a woman of color. The only female ever, of over 3500 Medal of Honor recipients, was a Civil War surgeon who struggled for recognition both during and after the War. Women on both sides of the conflict supported their respective causes in ways great and small: from serving as nurses, spies, writers, in battle, in industry, or by simply keeping the fires burning at home. For some, their war activities propelled them toward a new, independent mindset, and more active future roles in society.

4:00 pm   Raffle Prizes and Trophies Awarded
Located at the Fire Station at 130 River Street.