George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River and defeat of the Hessians in Trenton is considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War. You’ll have two chances to watch the Delaware River Town tradition this December.
Join fellow citizens from around the country for a Bucks County tradition featuring several hundred reenactors clad in Continental military dress and George Washington himself. Listen as General Washington delivers an inspiring speech and then leads his troops across the river in replica Durham boats.
The first Crossing reenactment is set for Sunday, December 10, from 10 AM-4 PM (actual crossing begins at 1 PM). Special colonial-era activities and demonstrations occur throughout the day, providing a full day of fun and learning. It’s a great way to see the Crossing if you can’t make it on Christmas Day! Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Proceeds support future park programs.
The Christmas Day reenactment will be held from noon to 3 PM on December 25 (actual crossing begins at 1 PM). Admission is free. It’s suggested that visitors arrive well before 1 PM to ensure a good place along the viewing line.
Both river crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing, ceremonies, speeches and commemorative activities still occur.