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Join us for the First Crossing and 66th Annual Christmas Day Crossing

November 20th, 2018 News and Events

Each December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch a reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

This year, the public has two opportunities to witness this living history event:

First Crossing

  • Date: Sunday, December 9
  • Time: 10 AM to 4 PM
    Crossing begins around 1 PM
  • Activities: Special colonial-era activities and demonstrations offer a full day of fun and learning. These activities do not take place on Christmas.
  • Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-11, free for children younger than 5

66th Annual Christmas Crossing

  • Date: Tuesday, December 25
  • Time: Noon to 3 PM
    Crossing begins around 1 PM
  • Admission: Free! Admission to the First Crossing on December 9 helps us keep the Christmas Day crossing 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.

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.

Watch the Reenactment in Style

A limited number of VIP Patriot Passes are available for both crossing reenactments (December 9 and Christmas Day). Each Patriot Pass grants admission, a seat in an enclosed tent with great views of the Delaware River, and refreshments. Cost is $65 for one or $120 for two people, and you can purchase by calling the Visitor Center at 215-493-4076. All guests must be 21 or older.

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