240th Anniversary of Washington’s Crossing
to Be Observed In New Jersey
Celebrate one of the most pivotal events in New Jersey (and American!) history this month by attending a reenactment of George Washington crossing the Delaware River with his troops!
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 both Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania and Washington Crossing State Park in New Jersey. The 2016 reenactments of Washington crossing the Delaware take place on December 11th and December 25th (Christmas Day) at 1:00pm. The Christmas Day crossings are free to view from both sides of the river; an admission fee applies to viewing the crossing from the Pennsylvania side on December 11th ($8 – adults / $4 – children 5-11 / Free under 5).
Washington Crossing State Park is located at the intersection of Washington Crossing-Pennington Road and River Road in Titusville, NJ.
Have you been to the reenactment of George Washington crossing the Delaware River? Do you have tips to share on great spots for viewing the crossing? Comment below!
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