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Twice a year, on the banks of the Delaware River, onlookers get the chance to witness what it looked like when George Washington braved the Christmas Day river crossing.

Washington Crossing Historic Park hosts two crossings, one that was held on Sunday, December 13 and the second on December 25th, Christmas Day, from noon to 3 p.m.

During the reenactments, several hundred reenactors in dressed Continental military attire listen to Washington’s inspiring speech and then row across the river in replica Durham boats. Additionally, activities and demonstrations take place throughout the historic village.

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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.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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