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George Washington’s Historic Crossing of the Delaware River December 10th and 25th

WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. – There are two exciting opportunities to watch the 71st Reenactments of General George Washington crossing the Delaware River. They will take place on Sunday, December 10th and Monday, December 25th at Washington Crossing Historic Park, located at the intersection of Rts. 532 and 32 (River Road) in Bucks County, PA.


George Washington’s daring crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776 is a historic moment that continues to live on, as each year thousands of excited patrons gather to watch the realistic reenactment. Throughout this popular annual event, children and adults of all ages can hear General Washington give his inspiring speech alongside passionate historic reenactors in traditional Continental military dress.


The first opportunity is on Sunday, December 10th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (actual Crossing at 1:00 PM). Not only can the public see soldiers make the daring journey rowing across the Delaware River in replica Durham boats, but they can experience the Colonial Era for a day. Families can join in colonial demonstrations with reenactors, providing a full day of learning, fun, and memories that will last a lifetime in addition to the Crossing. Guests are invited to participate in activities with a period baker and blacksmith, as well as 18th century sutlery, presentations on artillery, camp followers and musket firing, in addition to kids drills, toys, games, and much more.


Jason Q. Bohm, a Marine with more than 30 years of service who has commanded at every level from platoon commander to commanding general in peacetime and war, will narrate the event. He has written several articles for the Marine Corps Gazette and won various writing awards from the Marine Corps Association. The park will also be hosting children's author Jenny Cote, who has a passion for making history fun for kids of all ages and speaks on creative writing to schools, universities and conferences around the world. She will be sharing two of her novels, which contain historical fiction about the Crossing and the American Revolution.


The cost to be the first to attend at the December 10th Crossing is just $9 for adults, $5 for children ages five to 11, and free for children under five. Save with the special family package rate, $25 for two adults and two children. Guests can purchase tickets ahead of time at, where all proceeds will continue to support educational programs for the public about this powerful moment in American History.


The Christmas Day Crossing will take place from noon to 3:00 PM on Monday, December 25th (actual Crossing at 1:00 PM). While there is no cost to view the Christmas Day Crossing, in order to secure a good view, it is recommended to arrive by 11:30 AM.


River Crossings are contingent upon safe weather conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing, guests can still participate in historic ceremonies, speeches, and commemorative colonial-era activities.


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About: The Friends of Washington Crossing Park shares the powerful story of General George Washington’s daring crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Night 1776 and interprets its ongoing impact on world history for both today’s citizens and future generations. Through the fundraising and the generous support of our donors and members, we are able to maintain and sustain this significant historic site and welcome thousands of schoolchildren, families, individuals and groups every year.  In partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Friends offer guided interpretive tours and educational programming in the park. The group also holds a number of annual events, several fundraisers and more.


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