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Bennington Battle Day Celebrated In VT This Weekend

Gen. John Stark statue in Bennington, Vermont.
Dan Tuohy
The statue of New Hampshire Gen. John Stark in Bennington, Vt.

New Hampshire's Gen. John Stark lead the Revolutionary War battle in Bennington, Vermont on Aug. 16, 1777.

Vermont's storied Bennington Battle Day holiday is being celebrated this weekend. The events are returning this weekend after most were canceled last year because of the pandemic.

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Saturday's events include a parade on Bennington's Main Street. Historical re-enactors set up a Revolutionary War era military encampment near the Bennington Battle Monument on Friday night.

There will be events on Sunday including a free walking tour of Old Bennington.

Bennington Battle Day commemorates the Aug. 16, 1777, battle fought in nearby Hoosick Falls, New York, when colonial soldiers defeated a British force that had been sent to seize weapons and other supplies that were stored in Bennington.