Hey, American history buffs! On Christmas Day, the banks of the Delaware River in Bucks County welcome crowds to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 river crossing, an act that changed the course of history.
The Annual Christmas Crossing of the Delaware returns to Washington Crossing Historic Park for its 61st year on Christmas Day, December 25, at 1 p.m.
History lovers will be delighted to join in honoring the soldiers of 1776 as the heroic crossing is recreated by two hundred reenactors in Continental military dress.
See the spot where, on Christmas Night in 1776, General Washington’s boats quietly took the soldiers to the battles of Trenton and Princeton, listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and see rowers cross the river in three replica Durham boats and the battoeau Moon, a small river boat.
Walk among the grounds where his troops waited patiently by the side of the Delaware River, close by several historic houses and work buildings that represent Pennsylvania industry and home life in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Tip: Bundle up and bring a thermos of something warm to drink; the wind coming off the river can be icy!
61st Annual Christmas Crossing of the Delaware
When: Wednesday, December 25, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road
More info: www.washingtoncrossingpark.org