bennington battle day weekend - August 16-18, 2019

The Battle of Bennington was a battle of the American Revolutionary War, part of the Saratoga campaign, that took place on August 16, 1777, in Walloomsac, New York, about 10 miles (16 km) from its namesake Bennington, Vermont.

A rebel force of 2,000 men, primarily New Hampshire and Massachusetts militiamen, led by General John Stark, and reinforced by Vermont militiamen led by Colonel Seth Warner and members of the Green Mountain Boys, decisively defeated a detachment of General John Burgoyne's army led by Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum, and supported by additional men under Lieutenant Colonel Heinrich von Breymann.

Today, we celebrate the brave men that fought for freedom and unity in this brave little state we call Vermont 



Gallery photos belong to Bennington Banner


Thursday, August 15th

6pm - over: Bennington Fire Department vs. Bennington Rural Fire Department Softball Game at Willow Park


Friday, August 16th - Official Battle Day

All Day: The Bennington Battle Monument and all state historic sites are free to the public!

11am - 2pm: Hot sausage, burgers and hot dog lunch available for purchase at the Bennington Fire Department.

4pm - until food runs outChicken BBQ dinner at Bennington Fire Department, $10 per person.

4pm - 9pm: Silent auction at Bennington Fire Department.

6pm - 8pm: Car cruise at Bennington Fire Department, cars will parade down Main Street at 8:15pm.

6pm - 10pm: 'Las Vegas Night' with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590AM at Bennington Fire Department.

7pm: Commemorative ceremony at the Bennington Battle Field (NY-67, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090).


Saturday, August 17th

8am: Pre-registration for Battle Day 5K Road Race at Bennington Monument.

9:30am: Battle Day 5K Road Race & Celebration to begin and end at Bennington Monument. This is the fourteenth annual 5K race! 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 (a fun, easy race for children).

10am - 12pm: Kids’ Day at Bennington Recreation Center (655 Gage Street), sponsored by BFD.

10am: Firefighers’ Games at rear parking lot of the Bennington Fire Station. Call Captain Chad Prentiss for more information at 802-442-1050

12pm: USS Bennington Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the ship's bell (located at Bennington Town Office - 205 South Street).

12pm - 2pm: Shady Ladies of 19th Century America - A new vintage visitors’ presentation. Some people would rather be infamous than famous - and 19th Century American women were no different! Victoria Woodhull, aka Phyllis Chapman, will introduce you to Calamity Jane, Belle Star, Lizzie Borden, and others. If you like gun-swinging, bone-cracking, axe-whacking, free-loving women, this is a must see for you! $10 admission includes light refreshments. Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument and takes place in the Old First Church Barn.

3pm - 5pm: Battle of the Pies at 423 Main Street (next to Banner office). Buy a slice of pie, with milk, ice cream, and/or cheese, or all four! All proceeds to benefit BFD and DAR Ormsby Chapter. Prizes for best apple pie! Sign up to enter your pie (download form below or call 802-442-1050 to request a form). Judging at 4:00 pm. Pie slices available for purchase.  Did you know? Apple pie was declared the Official State Pie of Vermont in 1999. Apples are also the state fruit! At that same time, it was mandated that “When serving apple pie in Vermont, a “good faith effort” shall be made to meet one or more of the following conditions: a) with a glass of cold milk, b) with a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 ounce, c) with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.” Celebrate Vermont and Apple Pie!

6pm - 10pm: Basket Bingo - Doors open at 5pm. 3rd floor of Bennington Fire House. $10 for advance tickets, $13 at the door. On-site snack bar and handicap accessible.


Sunday, August 18th

10am - 4pm: 'Living History Encampment' with cannon muster and military drills at the Bennington Battle Monument. Soldiers and minutemen will be camping on the grounds.

10 am - 4 pm: Battlefield Tours - Guided tours of the Bennington Battlefield located in Walloomsac, NY. 

10am - 1pm: Bennington Armory Open House - Bravo Troop 1-172 CAV 86 IBCT will have their doors open to the public. Come meet your local guard’s members. Get your hands on some of the equipment they use and see the new renovations to the Armory.

12:30pm: BATTLE DAY PARADE! Public to line up on downtown Main Street. Parade will run from Main & Safford Street to Depot Street, North on Depot Street to River Street, River Street to the Fire Station. 

3pm - 4:30pm: Fashionable Times - A historical review of woman's fashions. The Bennington Battle Monument and the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument will sponsor a production by Vintage Visitors Presentations to take place at the Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle. Several lovely ladies will model reproduction historic clothing dating from the late 1700's to the early 1900's. Fashions for children and gentlemen will also be featured. The Vintage Visitor Interpreters will remain for a short period after the show, in costume, to chat and answer questions. There will be a $10.00 admission for adults (15 and over) and $2.00 for youth (14 and under). Light refreshments will be served.

4pm: Winner drawing for BFD $3,000 First Prize Battle Day cash raffle at the Bennington Fire Department.

7pm: Guided Historic Walk - Join this guided walk down Monument Avenue. Between the Monument and The Old First Church. The guides will discuss the history and architecture of the homes on this route.