The Crossing Reenactment

Witness the Crossing that saved the Revolution

Each December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the 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.

The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

First Crossing: Sunday, December 12, 2021

TIME: 10 AM to 4 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM)
COST: $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-11, free for children younger than 5. Family rate (2 adults and 2 children) is $20.
DETAILS: In addition to the crossing reenactment narrated by Peter Hegseth, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations in the Historic Village will offer a full day of family fun and learning.

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Christmas Day Crossing: Saturday, December 25, 2021

TIME: Noon to 3 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM)
COST: Free

Additional Details

  • Reenactors may register online from September 1 through November 15. All participating reenactors should review our clothing guidelines.
  • Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Routes 532 and 32 (River Road) in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.
  • Directions to the park 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.
  • 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.
  • Drones are not permitted at these events.


First Crossing Narrator: Peter Hegseth

Peter Hegseth is currently a co-host of FOX News Channel’s FOX & Friends Weekend– America’s #1-rated cable morning television show. He also hosts multiple programs on FOX Nation, including the “Modern Warriors” and “Untold: Patriots Revealed” series. Washington Crossing Park was featured during the premiere season of “Untold: Patriots Revealed” highlighting the story of Colonel John Glover, commander of the infantry regiment of boatmen from Marblehead Massachusetts that you see portrayed in the reenactment.

Hegseth is also the author of “Modern Warriors” and “American Crusade,” both of which were New York Times bestsellers.

Major Peter Hegseth is an Army Infantry veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.  He was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time overseas. He holds the rank of Major in the US Army.

Major Hegseth holds a Master’s in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a graduate of Princeton University. Pete is the former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America (2012-2015) and Executive Director of Vets for Freedom (2007-2010).

Pete and his wife Jennifer have seven kids, all proud Americans.


Featured Author: Patrick K. O’Donnell

Historian, bestselling author, and professional speaker Patrick K. O’Donnell has written twelve critically acclaimed books that recount the epic stories of America’s wars from the Revolution to Iraq. He is a premier expert on elite and special operations units and irregular warfare.

O’Donnell’s books are described as “nonfiction that reads like fiction.” Patrick O’Donnell is a Fellow at the Fred W. Smith Library for the study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.  Patrick’s books THE UNKNOWNS and WASHINGTON’S IMMORTALS have both received sterling reviews from leading scholars of the American Revolution.

At the First Crossing, Patrick will be presenting two 20 minute talks at 11am & 3pm followed by a Q&A and book signing on his latest book is The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware.




Crossing Video

A special crossing video was filmed at Washington Crossing Historic Park in 2020. Thank you to the numerous members and donors whose support made this video possible.