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Patriots Week 2022 Revives Revolutionary War History Dec. 26-31

Trenton, NJ -- Patriots Week returns in 2022 to celebrate Trenton's pivotal role in the
Revolutionary War from December 26-31 with daily events throughout downtown, including a
Trenton Battlefield walking tour, musket demonstrations at the Old Barracks Museum, a "living
museum" at Trenton Free Public Library, a pub crawl, a Fire Walk along the Assunpink Creek, a
New Year's Eve bonfire at Trent House – and more!
 
Patriots Week, a collaboration among Trenton Downtown Association, the City of Trenton and
local nonprofit groups, tells the story of what happened after George Washington and his
Continental troops crossed the Delaware River to surprise Hessian soldiers fighting for the
British while housed at barracks in Trenton.
 
The traditional celebration resumes this year after events were canceled in both 2020 and 2021
due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Patriots Week rebounds for 2022, we are proud to offer
several events throughout the week as we plan to return to full glory with Battle of Trenton re-
enactments expected to return next year.
 
Many 2022 events will be outdoors, with masks recommended for indoor activities. Activities are
suitable for all ages and most are free. Details are listed online at patriotsweek.com – check the
website often as more events are being added!
 
In addition to ongoing activities throughout the week, such as tours of The Old Barracks
Museum, and a Hidden History Tour at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Patriots Week 2022
special events include:
 
? Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour with guide Ralph Siegel
? "A Revolutionary Conversation: Whose freedom anyway?" atTrenton Free Public Library
features Sprout U School of the Arts students sharing the perspectives of African
Americans on the Revolutionary War, its impact and its meaning for enslaved people
? "Strangely Contaminated: The Loyalists of New Jersey" discussion led by Andrew
Dauphinee, Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the New Jersey State Library, will shed
light on the forgotten New Jersey Loyalists.
? "Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trent Town" presentation by
David Bosted about the critical role artillery played in the Battle of December 26, 1776
featuring an 8′ by 10′ map providing a birds-eye view of the action.
? "The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man: Jacob Francis 1754-1836" webinar
presentation by author and historian, William "Larry" Kidder on the life of free Black man
Jacob Francis which highlights the longstanding systemic racism in the United States.
 
Saturday Dec. 31 will be the Patriots Week 2022 finale including:
? Hogmanay Scottish celebration of the New Year at Trent House in honor of the founder
of Trenton, who immigrated from Scotland, featuring bagpipers, folk tales, Scottish treats
and a bonfire to send off your wishes for 2023
? Assunpink Firewalk & Reading of The American Crisis featuring traditional music, warm
drinks, and cookies on the Iron Bridge, followed by the dramatic lighting of 13 torches
along the River Bank and the reading of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis
? Continental Army March from Old Barracks Museum to Mill Hill Park
? Peace Vigil at Trenton Meeting of Friends
? Capital Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey New Year's Eve Concert.
 
For a complete list of events, and more information, visit www.PatriotsWeek.com

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