BALLSTON SPA — The Board of Supervisors proclaimed October 17, 2023 as Surrender Day in Saratoga County in recognition of the Turning Point of the Revolutionary War.
“We wish to elevate this commemoration to a countywide holiday to commemorate the Battles of Saratoga, the siege of the British Army, and its ultimate surrender to the Patriot Army,” according to the Board resolution. “We encourage the countywide recognition of Surrender Day by providing any town, village, or city that adopts October 17 as an official holiday to be known as an Affiliated Community Partner of America’s Turning Point.”
On October 17, 1777, British Gen. John Bourgoyne surrendered his sword to Gen. Horatio Gates. The Saratoga Surrender Site, located one mile south of the village of Schuylerville on Route 4, memorializes Gen. Burgoyne’s surrender after the Battles of Saratoga. The British Army grounded arms at the surrender nearby in what is currently Schuylerville’s Fort Hardy Park.
The historic moment is often referred to as “the Turning Point” of the Revolutionary War.
Saratoga County will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga and Turning Point victory in 2027.