Sunday, November 26, 2017

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing
December 10 and 25, 2017

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 10, 2017 when the park will hold a full dress rehearsal from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (actual crossing at 1:00 pm).

On this day, in addition to the crossing reenactment, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village will provide families with a full day of fun and learning. Also on hand that day will be author Jenny L. Cote, who will sell and sign her newest book, The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key, from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The youth book, the first in a trilogy, covers the events from 1743 through the eve of the Revolution in March 1775.

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.

Later in the day on December 10, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, the park will hold its Centennial Award Ceremony at the visitor center. During this event, the following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the operation and development of the park: Charles and Kate Tweedy, Peter Osborne, William Farkus, Colonel Larry Rubini, and Sandra Miller. 

The 65th annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on Monday, December 25, 2017 (actual crossing at 1:00 pm). The Christmas Day crossing is free, and it is recommended that visitors arrive before 1:00 pm to ensure a good place along the viewing line.

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.

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.

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