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See George Washington Cross the Delaware River!

241st Anniversary of Washington’s Crossing
to Be Observed In New Jersey

Celebrate one of the most pivotal events in the history of New Jersey (as well as America!) this month by attending a reenactment of George Washington crossing the Delaware River with his troops!

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Reenactment of Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River – December 2012. Photo: Charles Tilford via Flickr

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On December 25th, 1776, General George Washington and 2400 troops crossed the icy Delaware River from Pennsylvania into New Jersey. They proceeded to march 9 miles south to Trenton  where they launched a surprise attack on Hessian forces stationed in Trenton in support of the British, achieving a surprise victory and turning the tide of the American Revolution.

Each year, Washington’s historic Delaware River crossing is commemorated by several hundred reenactors in Continental dress who – along with “General Washington” himself – cross the Delaware in historically accurate replica Durham boats. The event can be viewed from Washington Crossing State Park in New Jersey, as well as from Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania (naturally, we prefer the Jersey side). The 2017 reenactments of Washington crossing the Delaware take place on December 10th and December 25th (Christmas Day) at 1:00pm. The December 10th crossing is free to view from Washington Crossing State Park in New Jersey; a fee applies to viewing the crossing from the Pennsylvania side. Christmas Day crossings are free to view from both sides of the river.



Washington Crossing State Park is located at the intersection of Washington Crossing-Pennington Road and River Road in Titusville, NJ.

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