Memorial Day

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day Weekend than Washington Crossing Historic Park! As we welcome in the beginning of summer, we also take time to honor the soldiers – past and present – who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We hope to see you at one or more of the events we have planned.

Wheat and Sheep Day

On Saturday, May 28 from 10 AM to 4 PM, watch as the Thompson-Neely sheep are shorn of their wool and tour the grist mill at this family friendly event. This limited event will include a trip to the barn for a hand shearing presentation as well as period demonstrations and tours of our historic Grist Mill. From there, follow the Colonial process of washing and carding the wool and spinning it into yarn. You’ll also get a take-home activity kit, full of Colonial crafts!

Shearings are held every hour, and mill tours are held on the half hour 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Pre-registration is required. This “pay what you wish” event is limited to 150 people total, the recommended fee is $7 per person. Click here to get tickets.

Jazz Concert on the Riverbank

Looking for an excuse to get outside on a beautiful spring evening? The Friends of Washington Crossing Park (PA) and the historic Newtown Theatre are teaming up to present a free outdoor jazz concert on Saturday, May 28 from 6 to 8 PM. The concert will be held on the banks of the Delaware River near the park’s Visitor Center.

The Triple Ts, a jazz-fusion trio based in Philadelphia, will play a mix of original music and jazz standards. The band has played several times at the park for our 2019 Memorial Day Concert and Wine on the Waterfront, in addition to touring the U.S. in support of its album, The Sessions: Vol 1.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic dinner, chairs, and blankets. Alcohol is not permitted in the state park. Four-legged friends are welcome but must be leashed and under control at all times. No registration is required for this free concert. Rain date is Monday, May 30 at the same time.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 29 at 1 PM at the gravesite of Continental soldiers located near the Thompson-Neely House.

The observation will include a colonial color guard, fife and drum music, Revolutionary War reenactors, veterans, and other honored guests. At the ceremony, the Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a plaque at the original gravesite of 24-year-old Captain-Lieutenant James Moore. Moore served in Captain Alexander Hamilton’s New York Artillery Unit before his death December 25, 1776.

After the dedication, American flags will be placed on the graves. The gravesite marks the resting place of soldiers who died during the Continental army’s December 1776 encampment in Bucks County. Although no Americans were killed during the Delaware River crossing and the First Battle of Trenton, some soldiers succumbed to exposure, disease or previous injuries. Captain-Lieutenant Moore is the only veteran buried in this plot whose identity is known.