What are the “Ten Crucial Days?”     

In December 1776, a mere six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, General George Washington's fledgling American Army and the cause of liberty were on the verge of being extinguished. A disastrous New York campaign that fall had resulted in the loss of more than half of Washington’s troops, as well as the confidence of Congress and his fellow citizens. Retreating through “the Jerseys” with the remnants of his ragtag Continentals, Washington and his soldiers sought refuge on the west bank of the Delaware River, having narrowly escaped King George III's British troops and their Hessian auxiliaries. Doubling as peace commissioners, British General William Howe and his brother, Royal Navy Admiral Sir Richard Howe, reasoned that further bloodshed was unnecessary. They assumed that the rebellious American soldiers—many of whose enlistments were scheduled to expire at year's end—would no longer be able to offer any significant resistance. Settling into winter quarters, General Howe ordered his regiments to set up a string of cantonments posted through the Jerseys.  

George Washington saw something very different... Taking stock of his army’s desperate situation, the rebel commander-in-chief would launch his forces into a series of victorious engagements, of which British historian Sir George Otto Trevelyan later wrote, “It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world.” That space of time—December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777—encompassed “Ten Crucial Days” that changed the course of history.

Do something revolutionary! Experience the “Ten Crucial Days.”

Upcoming Events

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Independence Day Celebration: Colonial Field Day

July 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

Round up your family or friends for a spirited colonial competition! At Colonial Field Day on Saturday, July 3, you’ll be pitted against other socially distanced groups. Try your hand at playing some popular games and activities from the 18th century, including cup and ball, Jacob’s Ladder, hoop and stick, graces, and more! Competitions are…

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Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show 2021

July 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

As part of its annual Independence Day celebration, Washington Crossing Historic Park invites classic car owners to compete in the third Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 3, 2021 from 10 AM to 2 PM. This unique show features only American, French, British and German cars, representing the four countries involved in…

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Fourth of July – Reading of the Declaration of Independence

July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Come out to Princeton Battlefield and hear the Declaration of Independence read aloud.  Bring your family and friends for a memorable reading and explore the Battlefield on our Nation’s birthday.   Questions? Interested in volunteering?  Email us at events@pbs1777.org  

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Independence Day Celebration: Living History Day

July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Celebrate Independence Day by bringing the whole family back in time—to July 4, 1776! At Washington Crossing Historic Park, you can watch living historians demonstrate their crafts, tour the buildings in the Historic Village, and see a military encampment from noon to 4 PM on Sunday, July 4. A highlight of the day will be…

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Battlefield Tour July 11

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Battlefield State Park and learn more about the Battle of Princeton, a battle that ended the “ten crucial days” of 1776-1777. Walk in the footprints of Washington’s troops and listen to exciting narratives of soldier and civilian experiences. Your tour is led by an approved Historical Interpreter. Following…

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Colonial Days Summer Camp at Delaware Valley University

July 19 @ 9:00 am - July 23 @ 3:00 pm
700 E Butler Ave
Doylestown, PA 18901 United States
$299

Unplug your kids from the modern world and send them back to General Washington’s era! In partnership with Delaware Valley University, the park’s Colonial Days Summer Camp will be held at Delaware Valley University from July 19-23 from 9 AM to 3 PM each day. Colonial Days Activities At Colonial Days Summer Camp, children ages…

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July Book Club Meeting: Ten Crucial Days

July 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PA United States
Free

The July meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, July 19 at 5:30 PM. This meeting will be held virtually using Zoom. Registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration. Museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of the…

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Battlefield Tour July 25

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Battlefield State Park and learn more about the Battle of Princeton, a battle that ended the “ten crucial days” of 1776-1777. Walk in the footprints of Washington’s troops and listen to exciting narratives of soldier and civilian experiences. Your tour is led by an approved Historical Interpreter. Following…

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Battlefield Tour August 8

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Battlefield State Park and learn more about the Battle of Princeton, a battle that ended the “ten crucial days” of 1776-1777. Walk in the footprints of Washington’s troops and listen to exciting narratives of soldier and civilian experiences. Your tour is led by an approved Historical Interpreter. Following…