Bennington Battle Day: Vermont

A major American victory

by Liz Olson

The Battle of Bennington took place on August 16, 1777, during the Revolutionary War. A victory for the American forces, the Battle of Bennington marked a turning point for America in their quest for independence from Britain—it was the first of several triumphs that forced the surrender of the British forces. Although the battle is named for Bennington, Vermont, the fighting took place just over the border in New York.

The anniversary of the battle, which is celebrated annually in Bennington, Vermont, on August 16, is held on the preceding Friday if it falls on a Saturday and the following Monday if it falls on a Sunday. Government offices in Vermont are closed and historic sites in Vermont are open free of charge to the public. Celebrations include a parade, and a battle reenactment. In addition, many museums and local organizations sponsor events throughout the town.

A limestone monument that symbolizes the American victory was built in 1889 and stands over 300 feet tall in Bennington, Vermont.

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