2014 Events at The Bennington Battle Monument
Some of the events are still in the planning
April 19 & 20:Opening Weekend for the 2014 season The Monument is open every day from April 19 trough October 31, 2014. Hours are 9:00 AM to 5: PM
May 11: Book signing Mark Anderson, Author of Battle for the Fourteenth Colony will be holding a book signing in the church barn on the Monument Circle
June 7: Climb of your Life
Looking for a new challenge, try a vertical road race up the steps of the Monument. The American Lung Association will be sponsoring the fourth annual fund raising stair climb at the Bennington Monument. Registration forms will be available at the Monument or online at www.climbofyourlife.org.
Time: On Site registration starts at 8:30 AM
July 4: Reading of the Declaration of Independence:
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. Before and after the reading a presentation on the history of flags will be available. The event is free and open to the public Time: 1:00 PM for the reading
Open steps: Two dates have been approved by the state for open steps – July 20 and August 24. Stairs will be open from 9 AM to 4 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 16: - The annual Battle Day 5K road race Sponsored by the Friends of the Monument. This is a 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 opens at 8:00 AM and the Race starts at 9:30 AM. Registration forms are available at the Monument Gift Shop or download the registration form
Saturday and Sunday August 17 and 18: 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
Events at the Battlefield
The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, will be commemorated at the New York State Bennington Battlefield Historic Site with events on August 16 & 17. A re-enactment of the battle will take place on Saturday.