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    Two chances to watch George Washington’s annual Delaware River crossing

    Each December, thousands 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 re-enactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats. 

    The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA).

    The first is on Sunday, December 9th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm (actual crossing at approximately 1:00pm).

    On this day, in addition to the crossing re-enactment, special Colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village will provide families with a full day of fun and learning.

    Cost to attend the December 9th crossing is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five.

    Proceeds from this re-enactment support future programs in the park.

    The 66th annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from noon to 3:00pm on December 25th (actual crossing at approximately 1:00pm). The Christmas Day crossing is free, and it is recommended that visitors arrive before 1:00pm to ensure a good place along the viewing line.

    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.

    Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Routes 532 and 32 (River Road) in Bucks County.

    To stay up-to-date on what is happening in the park, visit WashingtonCrossingPark.org.