2015 Events at The Bennington Battle Monument
For further information call the monument at 802-447-0550
April 18 & 19:Opening Weekend for the 2015 season The Monument is open daily for elevator rides to the top, April 19 trough October 31, 2015. Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
May 10: Mother's Day Bring your Mother to the Monument and she will get free admission and receive a flower
May 16: Armed Forces Day All Veterans get free admission to the Monument
June 6:Fight For Air Climb - American Lung Association Climb Looking for a new challenge, try a vertical road race up the steps of the Monument. The American Lung Association will be sponsoring the sixth annual fund raising stair climb at the Bennington Monument. Registration forms will be available at the Monument or online at www.LungNE.org or www.fightforairclimb.org. Time: On Site registration starts at 8:30 AM. First climber start at 10:00 AM
Flag Day Fun History and legend come together to tell the story of our nation's most enduring symbol, The United 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.June 21: Summer Solstice Evening Celebration Enjoy the longest day of the year at the Monument - Tours to the top of the monument until sunset. Welcome the summer season with their third annual Salutation to the sun on the lawn. 6:00 PM until sunset with elevator rides until dark.
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. Activities for children including a flag demonstration will be available before and after the reading. Other activities are being planned Time: 1:00 PM for the reading
July12 and September 6: Stepping Up
Open steps: Two dates have been approved by the state for open the steps – July 12 and September 6. Stairs will be open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Monument employees will guide tours up the Monument. Learn the history as you walk the unique steps to the top. Admission fee will be charged
August 16th and 17th - the weekend anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Bennington
With Cannons, Soldiers and Ceremonies
Saturday August 15: The annual Battle Day 5K road race Sponsored by the Friends of the Monument. This is the tenth 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. To down load the entry form for the race click 5K race registration Form Registration at 8:00 AM. Race begins at 9:30AM
Saturday and Sunday August 15 and 16: 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 15: Two book Signings Bruce Ventor - author of Battle of Hubbardton John and Richard Polhemus - authors of The Life and Wars of John Stark: French and Indian War Ranger, Revolutionary War General Tims: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Sunday August 16: Bennington Battle Historic Site A program commemorating the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Bennington will be held on Sunday at the nearby New York State Bennington Battlefield Historic Site. The program is free and open to the public The program will begin at 4:00PM
October 31: The Haunted Monument End of the season Haunting. Climb the haunted stairs if you dare.