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First Crossing Reenactment

December 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$4 – $8

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 first crossing reenactment of the year is set for Sunday, December 9, from 10 AM to 4 PM (actual crossing around 1 PM). In addition to the crossing reenactment, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations in the Historic Village will offer a full day of fun and learning. 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.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-11, free for children younger than 5. Admission fees help us keep the Christmas Day crossing free!

A limited number of VIP Patriot Passes are on sale for both Crossing reenactments. Each Patriot Pass grants you admission, a seat in an enclosed tent with great views of the Delaware River, and light 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 in the tent must be 21 or older.

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.


December 9, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$4 – $8
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Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States