Usually the two weekends closest to Christmas and New Year
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Every Christmas season, the Trenton Downtown Association sponsors a week-long celebration called “Patriot’s Week”, culminating in a day-long re-enactment of the two battles of Trenton. In 2015, the events kick off on December 26th, with the main re-enactments on Sunday, December 27th. Check out the Patriot’s week website for a full calendar of events.
It’s a wild scene. Dozens of men dressed in authentic uniforms, carrying muzzle loading, black powder muskets (and cannon) descend on downtown Trenton. They march, they fire, they pretend to die.
It’s fascinating for everyone, but particularly enthralling for children.
One word of advice: don’t bring your dog. The guns are really LOUD, and it’s terrifying for animals.
The battle re-enactments cap a week of events and festivities. At Washington Crossing Park, there’s a re-enactment of the crossing itself. In Trenton and elsewhere, there have been dozens of events each week, including “tea seminars” and advice from the NJ Archives on resources for researching ancestors who may have served in the Continental Army.
Of course, if this stimulates your interest in the battles, our own, Nine Days that Changed the World: The Hidden Trenton Guide to the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, will tell you the story of the battles and help you drive from place to place to see where it all actually happened. Click on the link above to download it for free.