Portion of reenactment of Washington's river crossing canceled due to high water levels

Ian Bush
December 24, 2018 - 4:32 pm
General George Washington (1732 - 1799) stands in the prow of a rowing boat crossing the Delaware to seek safety in Pennysylvania after defeat by the British.

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — High water levels in the Delaware River have forced the cancellation of the river-crossing portion of the annual Christmas Day reenactment, featuring Gen. George Washington and his troops.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that the tradition at Washington Crossing State Park will proceed with a planned history narration at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday along the river bank, and staff in period clothing will provide public interpretation at the Nelson House. 

Additional activities will be available at Washington Crossing Historic Park in nearby Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.  

The annual reenactment recalls the Dec. 25, 1776, crossing of the Delaware River during the War for Independence, which led to strategic victories the next day in Trenton and subsequent victories at Assunpink Creek and Princeton.