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Bennington Battle Day in United States

Quick Facts

Bennington 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.

Local names

NameLanguage
Bennington Battle DayEnglish
Día de la Batalla de BenningtonSpanish
יום הקרב בנינגטוןHebrew
يوم معركة بنينغتونArabic
베닝 턴 배틀의 날Korean
Gedenktag für die Schlacht von BenningtonGerman

Bennington Battle Day 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014 – Observed date (local in Vermont)
Saturday, August 16, 2014 (local in Vermont)

Bennington Battle Day 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015 (local in Vermont)
Monday, August 17, 2015 – Observed date (local in Vermont)
List of dates for other years

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.

View looking up at the Bennington Monument in Vermont.

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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.

Public life

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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuAug 161990Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 161991Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
SunAug 161992Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
MonAug 171992Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont
MonAug 161993Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
TueAug 161994Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
WedAug 161995Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 161996Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 151997Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont
SatAug 161997Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
SunAug 161998Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
MonAug 171998Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont
MonAug 161999Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
WedAug 162000Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
ThuAug 162001Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 162002Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 152003Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont
SatAug 162003Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
MonAug 162004Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
TueAug 162005Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
WedAug 162006Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
ThuAug 162007Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 152008Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont
SatAug 162008Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
SunAug 162009Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
MonAug 172009Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont
MonAug 162010Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
TueAug 162011Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
ThuAug 162012Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 162013Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 152014Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont
SatAug 162014Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
SunAug 162015Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
MonAug 172015Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont
TueAug 162016Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
WedAug 162017Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
ThuAug 162018Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
FriAug 162019Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
SunAug 162020Bennington Battle DayState holidayVermont
MonAug 172020Bennington Battle Day observedState holidayVermont

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