First Crossing Reenactment

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First Crossing Reenactment

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

The first crossing reenactment of the year is set for Sunday, December 9, from 10 AM to 4 PM (actual crossing around 1 PM). In addition to the crossing reenactment, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations in the Historic Village will offer a full day of fun and learning. 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.

A great way to see the reenactment if you can’t make it on the December 25 reenactment.