Updated: Dec 26, 2019
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Trenton and Surrounding Area- Patriots Week is held annually from December 26 December 31 during the week between Christmas and New Years and attracts thousands of visitors to the city to enjoy historical tours, a pub crawl, colonial ball, lectures, films, art, music, battlefield re-enactments, and living history events. This year use your holiday break for a fun & history-filled family staycation!
With over 50 events taking place during the six-day period its easy for families and history aficionados to spend a few days in Central New Jersey this December.
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(Crossing: 1pm) Witness American History Come to Life! Each December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washingtons daring 1776Christmas 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.
Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour December 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Starbucks (Corner of Front St), 102 South Warren Street Trenton, NJ
This 10-block interpretive walk brings to life the events of the twobattles of Trenton. Guests are welcome to gather at Starbucks at9:00am for a question-and-answer session over coffee. The tour beginsat 10:00am and includes the historic Trenton Battle Monument,ending up along the Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park. Ralph Siegelof Trenton Battlefield Tours will lead the walk with block-by-block,minute-by-minute narrative.
$8 $10 - Open for tours. The Old Barracks Museum offers tours that detail Trentons role in the 18th century, as well as the details of the Battle of Trenton. Tickets: $10 adults; $8 students and seniors.
$5 $7 - Planetarium shows include a live demonstration of the sky set to December 25, 1776. Learn about the constellations and planets that occupied the sky on the stormy evening when George Washington crossed the Delaware! All shows suitable for general audiences. Show schedule: 10:30am Season of Light; 11:30am Laser Holiday Magic; 1:30pm CapCOM Go! Tickets: $7 adult, $5 child.
George Washingtons Ten Crucial Days with author William "Larry" Kidder December 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
New Jersey State Library - Trenton, NJ
Between December 24, 1776 and January 3, 1777, George Washington was faced with a number of critical decisions. The actions he formulated would play a major role in either bringing the American Revolution to a crushing defeat or reviving hope for its eventual success. This talk examines those decisions to understand how the battles of Trenton and Princeton prevented an early end to the war for independence and reversed American despair during the times that tried mens souls.
Revolutionary Pub Crawl December 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Checkers - 14 South Warren Street, Trenton, NJ
Join a period pub crawl of downtown Trenton watering holes and restaurants. Attendees must mention the PASSCODE: MERCER, to receive your wristbands and ticket at the door for a special giveaway. Colonial dress attire is welcomed and encouraged we want you to put on your best because we will be judging the best-dressed person for a colonial giveaway!
State House Public Artwork Tour December 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
New Jersey State House - Trenton, NJ
The Public Artwork Tour of the New Jersey State House combines art, history and architecture. Visitors see impressive artworks incorporated into the capitol complex, including stained glass, tilework, paintings and sculptures. On the hour guided tours begin in the State House Annex Lobby. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Call 609-847-3150 for more information.
Trentons Historic Legacy: The Old Barracks and the Trenton Battle Monument December 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Riverview Cemetery - 870 Centre Street, Trenton, NJ
$10 - A presentation highlighting the early efforts to save the Old Barracks by the citys Daughters of the American Revolution chapter and the work of the Trenton Battle Monument Association in creating the Trenton Battle Monument followed by a walking tour of the gravesites of some of the civic-minded men and women associated with these endeavors. Limited to 20 participants, $10 per person children under 12 free. email@example.com or 267-201-3655.
Signs of the Times December 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mill Hill Park - Trenton, NJ
Join Richard Hunter on a walking tour from Mill Hill Park to Pettys Run and explore the signs that detail the downtown neighborhood's rich history. Dr. Hunter led the team that conceived and designed these informative signs.
Ten Crucial Day Bus Tour December 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park - PA
This all-day bus tour through Washington Crossing, Trenton, and Princeton explores the social, topographical, and military aspects of the campaigns of the Ten Crucial Days, December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777. Historical interpreters include Larry Kidder, author of TEN CRUCIAL DAYS: Washingtons Vision for Victory Unfolds, and Roger S. Williams, cofounder of TenCrucialDays. org. Cost $125, includes bus fare and lunch and tax-deductible donations to historic sites. Tickets are limited.
Enjoy a gallery talk and ceremony unveiling the latest rotation of historic flags from the NJ Civil War Flag Collection, one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation. With flag historian David Martin and State Museum Curator Nicholas Ciotola.
Trenton in 1775: Historic Tour Led by Dr. Sharon Ann Holt December 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St. Michaels Church - Trenton, NJ
Washingtons army and the Hessian occupation each brought 1500 men into Trenton, then a town of only 500 souls and two major streets. Thanks to Hunter Research, we now know a lot about those Trentonians. Trenton Friends Meeting invites you to walk the early streets with Penn State historian, Dr. Sharon Ann Holt, meeting Trentons artisans, entrepreneurs, families, Loyalists, political movers and shakers, and two signers of the Declaration of Independence. Dress warmly.
Musical Workshop Reading of The Crossing: The Ten Crucial Days The Musical December 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Adath Israel Synagogue - Lawrenceville, NJ
The sacrificethe glorythe musical! Come see a sneak preview of scenes from a revolutionary new musical in development. This is the story about the times that tried mens souls. Historically accurate, heart-pounding, and patriotic, The Crossing and the TenCrucial Days presents inspiring tunes that are both poignant and full of humor. Actors portray the officers, the men, and the women who changed the course of history during the Ten Crucial Days. A$15 donation suggested. To register, or for more information, go to facebook @TheCrossingMusical or, www.TheCrossingMusical.com
Thomas Paine Comes Home December 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bordentown Library - Bordentown, NJ
Thomas Paine is returning to his home town of Bordentown! Please visit the Bordentown Library to relive Thomas Paines legacy, performed by Bob Gleason of the American Historical Theater. He will regale us with bold stories of living in Bordentown and his outspoken and controversial career of being a renowned political activist, author, American revolutionary, and catalyst to the Declaration of Independence. Best known as the author of Common Sense and other political writings, the England-born Paine considered Bordentown his
The Princeton Battlefield Society will present its annual educational event commemorating the Battle of Princeton, the immediate sequel to the Second Battle of Trenton. The event will start at 9:00am at the Princeton Historical Societys Updike Farm, adjacent to Princeton Battlefield State Park, with a presentation by local historian William L. Kidder, and will then move to the Battlefield where Mr. Kidder will lead interpretation of the recreation of the battle by re-enactors representing the Continental and British units involved.
Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trenton December 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Trenton City Museum in Ellarslie Manson, 299 Parkside Ave, Trenton, NJ
This tabletop talk will follow the movements of all 24 of the cannons on the streets of Trenton during the Battle of Trenton and demonstrate why the 18 American cannons - including the two six-pounders commanded by Alexander Hamilton - were decisive in the victory over the Hessians, who had six brass three-pounder cannons. A four-pounder cannonball will be on display during the talk. Presenter: Urban planner and Museum Trustee David Bosted. Pay as you wish.
Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour December 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Starbucks, 102 South Warren St.(Corner of Front St) , Trenton, NJ
This 10-block interpretive walk brings to life the events of the two battles of Trenton. Guests are welcome to gather at Starbucks at 9:00am for a question-and-answer session over coffee. The tour begins at 10:00am and includes the historic Trenton Battle Monument, ending up along the Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park. Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours will lead the walk with block-by-block, minute-by-minute narrative. Event ends at 12:00pm. Free
Annual Hogmanay Bonfire at the 1761 Brearley House December 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1761 Brearley House at Maidenhead Meadows Park - Lawrenceville, NJ
$5 - (Parking at Princeton Pike Corp. Center, 2000 Lenox Drive N;lighted trail and shuttle bus connection to Brearley House) Celebrate New Years Eve at the Lawrence Historical Societysfamily-oriented Hogmanay Bonfire and open house. TheHogmanay Bonfire will take place in the Great Meadow promptly at 6:00pm. This December 31st is also the 275th Anniversary of the Birthday of Edward Hand, locally famed for his role in the Ten Crucial Days and later as George Washingtons Adjutant Generalat Yorktown. NPS Passport stamps are available! Free; suggested donation $5