Washington Crossing State Park

Experience Revolutionary War History on the Banks of the Delaware

December 17, 2009, 9:40 am
Annual Reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware
 
George Washington Addreses His Troops. Source:http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/history/index.htm
History comes to life each year on Christmas Day, when costumed reenactors gather along the banks of the Delaware in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, to replicate the journey of General George Washington a nd his troops as they crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 a nd marched to Trenton, New Jersey.
 
At Trenton, the men of the Continental Army and militia attacked and defeated the Hessians in a surprise attack that turned the course of the American Revolution toward victory.
 
Experience General George Washington’s daring military feat for yourself on Christmas day at this annual even that is expected to draw between 7,000 and 10,000 spectators.
 
At approximately 1 p.m., on Christmas Day, George Washington and his troops will march to the water on the Pennsylvania. They’ll board three small boats and row to the New Jersey side, where there will be a short celebratory speech. It takes about 15 minutes for all three of the boats to traverse the river.
 
Organizers recommend arriving early to secure a viewing location along the banks of the river. The reenactment is visible from Washington Crossing Parks on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey sides of the river. There is a small traffic bridge that connects the two parks, which is usually closed to foot traffic and opened to pedestrians a few hours before the event.
 
Be sure to check the park website as the date approaches—unlike General Washington's formidable trip in 1776, the event is contingent on favorable weather and conditions.
 
If You Go
The reenactment is visible from both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sides of the Delaware River.
 
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ
(609) 737-0623
 
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-4076