2016 Events at The Bennington Battle Monument
For further information call the monument at 802-447-0550
April 17:The Monument opens for the 2016 season The Monument is open daily for elevator rides to the top, April 17 trough October 31, 2015. Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
May 16: Armed Forces Day All Veterans, not just active duty, will be admitted free get free to the Bennington Battle Monument
June 11:Fight For Air Climb - American Lung Association Climbs the steps of the Bennington Battle Monument Looking for a new challenge, try a vertical road race up the steps of the Monument. The American Lung Association will be holding the sixth annual stair climb at the Bennington Battle Monument. Registration forms will be available at the Monument or interested climbers can register on the Fight for air Climb Website. For questions regarding the Fight for Air Climb please email firstname.lastname@example.org Time: On Site registration starts at 8:30 AM. First climber start at 10:00 AM
June 11 - 12: Vermont Days All State Historic Sites and State Parks are admission free.June 14: History and Flags History and legend come together to tell the story of our nation's most enduring symbol, The Uniited States Flag. Betsy Ross herself will be at the Monument to tell the story to children and adults. Activities for children will include design your own flag, American Legion word search and colonial games. Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 4: Independence Day Celebration
An annual tradition, the Reading of the Declaration of Independence with local actor Willy Jones will take place at 1:00 PM. Discussion and audience input will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Activities for children including a chance to sign your name to a Declaration of Independence. Time: 1:00 PM for the reading
July10 and August 19: Stepping Up
One of the few days when we open the 412 steps inside the Monument. Monument employees will guide tours up the Monument. Learn the history as you walk the unique steps to the top.
July 29: Plymouth Fife and Drum Concert An Afternoon of 18th Century Fife and Drum Entertainment On Friday July 29th at 1:00 PM, enjoy an afternoon of 18th century music on the grounds of the Bennington Battle Monument, performed by the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps of Michigan. The Corps is made up of 44 students ranging in age from 12 to 18 and includes 22 fifes, 8 drums and 12 color guard. Fifing and drumming was used during times of war to relay commands to soldiers, direct movements of units, as well as to provide inspiration and marching rhythm. The shrillness of the fifes and pounding of the drums could be heard over the cries of battle. The music spans the 17th and 20th centuries with an emphasis on the Revolutionary War period. Dress is authentic wool regimental uniforms, replicas of George Washington’s personal guard.
August 13 and 14: The weekend anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Bennington
With Cannons, Soldiers and Ceremonies
Saturday and Sunday August 13 and 14: Living History Encampment A Living History Encampment will take place on the grounds of the Monument. Drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, educational exhibits, and activities for children will be ongoing hourly. Authentic cannons will be on display and fired periodically during the day Saturday and Sunday. The event is free and open to the Public. Time: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Saturday August 13: The annual Battle Day 5K road race Sponsored by the Friends of the Monument. This is the eleventh annual 5K race that starts and ends at the Monument with a slightly rolling course. In keeping with the Battle Day activities, this race is started with the firing of a cannon. Following the 5K race is a 1/2 mile Kids fun Run. A fun easy race for children. Registration forms are available at the Monument Gift Shop or can be down loaded at Battle Day 5K race Registration opens at 8:00 AM, Race starts at 9:30 AM
Sunday August 14: A day of music, entertainment and education with two fife and drum corps. Fife and Drum presentations will take place on the lawn Presentations will be by the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife and Drum Corps from Mount Independence , VT and the Marquis of Granby Jr. Ancient Fyfe & Drum Corps, from Granby, CT Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday, August 16: Bennington Battle Day All state historic sites are free.
Saturday, August 20th: 125th Anniversary of the opening of the Monument The Bennington Battle has been open to the public for 125 years. To celebrate the Monumental Birthday, the Monument and Gift Shop will be open until 8:00 PM. From 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, you are invited to the biggest birthday party in town. More details to follow.
Saturday, August 20:Stepping Up There was no elevator in the Monument 125 years ago. As part of the anniversary celebration the steps will be open for guided tours.
September 11: Patriot Day To commemorate the anniversary of 9-11, all First Responders are admitted free to the Bennington Battle Monument. Included are EMT’s, police, and fire fighters.
October 31: The Haunting of the Monument Come if you dare and walk the haunted steps inside the Monument. Starting at 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM