Washington Crossing Reenactment

 
Actors reenact General Washington’s historic Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River.

Actors reenact General Washington’s historic Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River.

 

On Christmas Day 1776, General George Washington and his men bravely crossed the Delaware River, just north of Philadelphia. The now historic crossing was an inflection point in the Revolutionary War, arguably one that turned the tide for the United States.

Every year on Christmas Day, thousands of spectators gather on both sides of the Delaware River in Washington Crossing Historic Park to view a reenactment of the historic crossing.

The event is free and begins at Noon Eastern on the 25th. Bring your own coffee or warm drinks, or you can purchase them at the park. Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes, as parking in the immediate vicinity is limited and you might end up walking a ways from the off-site parking locations. Despite the crowds, the event is a must-see!

 
One of the boats used in the reenactment.

One of the boats used in the reenactment.

Thousands of spectators gather each Christmas Day on both sides of the Delaware River to view the reenactment.

Thousands of spectators gather each Christmas Day on both sides of the Delaware River to view the reenactment.

Washington Crossing Historic Park has several buildings that are believed to have been built during the time of the Revolutionary War.

Washington Crossing Historic Park has several buildings that are believed to have been built during the time of the Revolutionary War.

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Actors reenact the troops gathering at the river before making the crossing.

Actors reenact the troops gathering at the river before making the crossing.

Spectators gather on the banks of the Delaware river to view the reenactment.

Spectators gather on the banks of the Delaware river to view the reenactment.

General Washington crossed the cold, icy Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776.

General Washington crossed the cold, icy Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776.

 

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