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Celebrating Ethan Allen Day in Vermont

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Thursday marks a special day in Vermont's history and the state is celebrating.

More than 240 years ago, the Continental Congress recognized Ethan Allen for leading the Green Mountain Boys to victory at Fort Ticonderoga. 

Now, the state is honoring his legacy.

Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed June 23 Ethan Allen Day in Vermont, formally recognizing Allen's role as a founding father of this state. 

"This is how most Americans lived and Ethan Allen was more representative of the founders than George Washington," said William Sterne Randall, historian.

"A real view of what it really felt like to live in the 18th century," said Daniel O'Neil, re-enactor.

Thursday kicks off four days of events at his homestead in Burlington with military demonstrations, tours, foods and games.

The homestead is the choice location for this weekend-long celebration since this is where Ethan Allen lived the last years of his life. 

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