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December 17, 2015

Watch a Christmas re-enactment of Washington's historic river crossing

More than 200 re-enactors will row across the Delaware River like Gen. George Washington did in 1776

On the night of Dec. 25, 1776, Gen. George Washington and a small army of around 2,400 men crossed the Delaware River in Bucks County. The Army attacked the Hessian troops (who were working for the British) in Trenton and turned the tide in the Revolutionary War. Today, the site of the crossing is a National Historic Landmark, and on the Pennsylvania side of the river, there is a historic park and museum. 

Washington Crossing Historic Park holds an annual re-enactment of the triumphant Christmas night. The event features more than 200 re-enactors dressed in Continental military dress, with one acting as Washington. Once Washington gives the command, the army re-enactors will row across the river in replicas of the Durham boats used in 1776. The action will take place around 1 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure the best view.

Visitors will also be able to explore the park and partake in additional activities and demonstrations. 

Crossing Reenactment

Friday, Dec. 25
Noon to 3 p.m. | Free
Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-4076