George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River is considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Witness this historic event for yourself at one of two reenactments in December.
During this annual reenactment, General Washington himself delivers an inspiring speech before leading several hundred reenactors across the river in replica Durham boats.
First Crossing: Sunday, December 10, 2017
TIME: 10 AM to 4 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM)
COST: $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five (proceeds support future park programs)
DETAILS: During the first crossing, troops row across the river in uniform just as they do on Christmas Day. In addition, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village provide a full day of fun and learning.
Christmas Day Crossing: December 25, 2017
TIME: Noon to 3 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM)
DETAILS: This event draws thousands of fellow citizens each year. We suggest arriving before 1 PM to ensure a good place along the viewing line.
- Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Routes 532 and 32 (River Road) in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Directions can be found here. Parking will be clearly marked.
- Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to attend should call the Visitor Center at 215-493-4076.
- 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.
- Registration for reenactors is available online only until December 1.
- For more colonial-era activities, the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton hosts reenactments of the Battle of Trenton and other celebrations during its annual Patriots Week festivities.