Bennington Battle Day in the United States
Bennington Battle Day is a state holiday in Vermont to honor of the Battle of Bennington, which took place during the Revolutionary War in north America in 1777. The day is usually celebrated annually on August 16. Any legal holiday that falls on a Saturday in Vermont is celebrated the preceding Friday.
What Do People Do?
For many citizens in Vermont, Bennington Battle Day is a time to remember the Battle of Bennington, a battle that lead to the turning point in the Revolutionary War in the 18th century. Each year, locals and visitors gather to observe the Bennington Battle Day celebrations in Bennington, Vermont.
Visitors and locals alike can ride an elevator to the top of the Bennington Monument for panoramic views of the valleys and the hills of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. The stone monument, which is about 306 feet (about 93.3 meters) above the streets of Bennington, marks the site of a critical supply depot during the Revolutionary War.
Bennington Battle Day is a state holiday so state government offices are closed in Vermont. Many state historic sites in Vermont are open and free to the public on August 16. Transit services, such as the Green Mountain Express bus service, operate during this holiday. However people planning to use transit services on this day can check with local transit service providers in Vermont prior to travelling on this day.
During the Revolutionary War in North America, Colonel Seth Warner and 350 of his Green Mountain Boys, a group of soldiers from Vermont, played a vital role in defeating the British forces that came to capture the American supply depot at Bennington, a town in southern Vermont near the New York border.
The anniversary of the fighting that took place along the Walloomsac River on August 16, 1777, is a legal holiday in Vermont, and a tower that is about 306 feet (about 93.3 meters) high has been erected in to town of old Bennington, about two miles (about 3.2 kilometers) west of Bennington proper. A statue of Seth Warner stands nearby. Across the state border in New York’s Rensselaer County, the Bennington Battlefield State Park includes the site where the heaviest fighting took place.
The Battle of Bennington is credited by many historians as the first victory for the United States. It was the first of a string of victories that finally forced the surrender of the British, and gave what is now known as the United States of America its heritage of independence and freedom.
One of the most memorable icons in Vermont is a monument that towers at about 306 feet (about 93.3 meters) and symbolizes Bennington Battle Day. The limestone monument was recently vandalized with red spray paint graffiti. Local officials say it was most likely the first time the obelisk was vandalized since it was built in 1889.
Bennington Battle Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Mon||Aug 16||2010||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Tue||Aug 16||2011||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Thu||Aug 16||2012||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Fri||Aug 16||2013||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Fri||Aug 15||2014||Bennington Battle Day observed||State holiday||Vermont|
|Sat||Aug 16||2014||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Sun||Aug 16||2015||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Mon||Aug 17||2015||Bennington Battle Day observed||State holiday||Vermont|
|Tue||Aug 16||2016||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Wed||Aug 16||2017||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Thu||Aug 16||2018||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Fri||Aug 16||2019||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Sun||Aug 16||2020||Bennington Battle Day||State holiday||Vermont|
|Mon||Aug 17||2020||Bennington Battle Day observed||State holiday||Vermont|
Quick FactsBennington Battle Day is a state holiday in Vermont. It commemorates the American victory at the Battle of Bennington during the Revolutionary War in north America in 1777.
Bennington Battle Day 2016Tuesday, August 16, 2016 (local in Vermont)
Bennington Battle Day 2017Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (local in Vermont)
Name in other languages
|Bennington Battle Day||English|
|Día de la Batalla de Bennington||Spanish|
|יום הקרב בנינגטון||Hebrew|
|يوم معركة بنينغتون||Arabic|
|베닝 턴 배틀의 날||Korean|
|Gedenktag für die Schlacht von Bennington||German|
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