Washington Crossing the Delaware Reenactment
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 reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.
The 69th annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from noon to 3 PM on December 25 (actual crossing at approximately 1 PM). The Christmas Day crossing is free, and it is recommended that visitors arrive before 1 PM 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.