BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is celebrating the 235th anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle called the Battle of Bennington.
Thursday is Bennington Battle Day, a state holiday. Access to the Bennington Battle Monument and all Vermont State Historic Sites is free to the public.
The monument, Vermont's tallest manmade structure, was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington in 1777, in which Gen. John Stark and colonial troops fought British troops to protect military supplies stored in Bennington. But the battle took place in New York.
To commemorate the battle, activities will take place Friday and this weekend in Bennington, including a parade and running race.
The parade, which Bennington calls "the largest of its kind," is Sunday, August 19. It goes from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street in the town.
For more information, you can call the Town Office at (802) 447-1030 or click here: http://betterbennington.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1214043&eventId=431962&EventViewMode=EventDetails