Bennington Battle Day Weekend

A musket saluteThe Revolutionary War's Longest Continuously Celebrated Battle

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.


2024 Battle Day Celebrations - Friday August 16 to Sunday August 18

A schedule is below for Downtown Bennington. Additional details will be added as they become available. Subscribe to this page for updates. Also below are scheduled event information at the Battle Monument and Bennington Battlefield.

  • 8/10/24 - Saturday (week before Battle Day Weekend), Basket Bingo at Elks Lodge. $13 entrance fee. Advance tickets available at the Bennington Fire House. Doors open at 5 pm. Sponsored by the Bennington Fire Department.
  • 8/15/24 - Thursday, Car Cruise-In with Hemmings News. Downtown Bennington, brought to you in partnership with the Better Bennington Corp. and the Bennington Fire Department Battle Day Committee.
  • 8/15/24 - Thursday, 2-Person Cornhole Tournament. $50 per team. 32 teams maximum. Located at the Dutchman's Tavern, 125 Depot Street. For info call Chad Prentiss at: 802-375-5422 or email chadprentiss@yahoo.com.
  • 8/16/24 - Friday, Fireman's Lunch, 11 am to 2 pm, hot sausage, burgers, and hot lunch will be available at the Bennington Fire House.
  • 8/16/24 - Friday, Chicken Barbecue Dinner, 4 pm to 6 pm, eat in or take out at the Bennington Fire House. Advance tickets available. $15 per person.
  • 8/16/24 - Friday, Vegas Night, 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Firehouse. Las Vegas night is back!
  • 8/17/24 - Saturday, Kid Activity Day at VT Veterans Home off Park Street (across from MAUHS).
  • 8/17/24 - Saturday, Liberty Pole Raising, 11 am to 3 pm, corner of Pleasant and School Street (St. Peters Episcopal Church), Downtown Bennington.
  • 8/17/24 - Saturday, Downtown Bennington Food Truck Festival, 11 am to 7 pm, Pleasant and School Streets.
  • 8/17/24 - Saturday, USS Bennington Memorial Service, 12 noon. Wreath laying ceremony at the Ships bell at the Town office, 205 South St. 
  • 8/18/24 - Sunday, Battle Day Parade - 12:30 pm. For parade participants, lineup at 10:30 am.
  • 8/18/24 - Sunday, 50/50 raffle winners announced and Trophies Presented after parade at the Bennington Firehouse. (raffle tickets available at prior events or email)

To be in the parade with a float, group or organization, use this application. For marching bands, please use this application.

At the Equinox Hotel in Manchester
Saturday, August 17, 4:30 pm to 8 pm: Bennington County 250th Kickoff Gala Dinner. Fundraiser for the 250th Anniversaries. Four course dinner featuring 18th century cuisine with a modern flair. Live entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Bennington250.org

At the Bennington Battle Monument


Friday August 16: Dedication of "Revolutionary War Patriots" Marker - 11:00 am 
presented by the VT Daughters of the American Revolution in honor of the 250th anniversaries. Free admission to Battle Monument.

Saturday August 17: The 20th annual Battle Day 5K road race - 7:30 am 
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 1/2 mile Kids fun run at 8:15 the 5K will begin at 7:30 AM. Registration forms will be posted at benningtonbattlemonument.com when available. 

Saturday August 17: Moodus Fife and Drum
Performances of the Moodus Fife and Drum will be performing from noon to 2:00 pm on the lawn in front of the monument. Free to all.

Saturday and Sunday August 17 & 18: Re-enactor encampment 
Re-enactors will be on site with cannons, rifle muster, and educational programs. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Sunday August 18: Stylish Times - an 18th and 19th Century Fashion Show
2:00 PM – Seating starts at 1:30. Location:  The Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument Admission. Phyllis Chapman, through her “Vintage Visitors” historic programs, will present historically correct, reproduction costumes from the late 18th century through the end of the 19th century. Live models will appear in a wide variety of ensembles. 


At the Bennington Battlefield

5231 NY Route 67, Walloomsac, NY - about six miles from Battle Monument

Hourly Tours of Bennington Battlefield | August 17-18
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 david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov for additional details.
 
Commemoration of the Battle of Bennington | August 16, 7:00 PM
Join us for a commemoration marking the 247th 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.