Newtown to once again commemorate historic moment

December 21, 2013 by  

This month, Newtown history buffs can be among the thousands who watch or, better yet, choose to be a part of a pageant to commemorate the U.S. Continental Army’s crossing the Delaware on Christmas Day, 1776.

The annual event is a reenactment of George Washington’s speech to his troops and the subsequent rowing across the river to stage a surprise attack on the Hessian troops stationed at Trenton, New Jersey. It’s also the site of the famous painting of the same name.

The famous crossing marked a turning point in the Revolutionary War—the crossing of the Delaware and subsequent defeat of the Hessian troops reversed a trend of early defeats.

To commemorate the event, 200 troops in full uniform will be listening to their commander George Washington as he presents his speech. Afterwards, General Washington and his troops will cross the Delaware in three Durham boat replicas, along with a small river boat called the “moon”. Demonstrations and other activities will also be going on in the historic village. This should be an excellent opportunity for modern patriots to take pictures for future postcard printing.

The 61st Annual Christmas Crossing will be on Christmas Day from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm with the actual crossing part happening at 1:00 pm at Washington Crossing Historic Park, 355 Washington Crossing, Pennington Road, Titusville, New Jersey. A dress rehearsal took place earlier this month.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children aged 5-11 years old, while kids under five get in free. Proceeds go to support upcoming programs.