WASHINGTON 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 reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

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

The first is on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (actual crossing at approximately 1 p.m.). On this day, in addition to the crossing, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village will provide families with a full day of fun and learning.

The cost to attend the Dec. 8 crossing is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. The family rate is $20 for two adults and two children. Proceeds from this reenactment support future programs in the park.

The 67th annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on December 25 (actual crossing at approximately 1 p.m.). The Christmas Day crossing is free, and it is recommended that visitors arrive before 1 p.m. 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.

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