Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing
December 11 and 25, 2016
Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.
The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment. The first is on Sunday, December 11, 2016 when the park will hold a full dress rehearsal from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (actual crossing at 1:00 pm).
During the dress rehearsal, hundreds of troops row across the river in uniform just as they do during the annual Christmas Day crossing. In addition, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village provide families with a full day of fun and learning – a great way to see the reenactment if you can’t make it on December 25, 2016.
Cost to attend the dress rehearsal is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Proceeds from the dress rehearsal support future programs in the park.
The annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on December 25, 2016 (actual crossing at 1:00 pm). The Christmas Day crossing is free.
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. It is recommended that visitors arrive before 1:00 pm on Christmas Day to ensure a good place along the viewing line.
Washington Crossing Park is located at the intersection of Routes 32 and 532. Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this event should call 215-493-4076.
To stay up-to-date on what is happening in Washington Crossing Historic Park, visit www.washingtoncrossingpark.org. While there, sign up for the park’s monthly e-newsletter.
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