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In Trenton, the American Revolution isn't some abstract concept from the dusty past, it is a living breathing part of the city, which has shaped its streets and buildings, and how people live even today. Recognizing this, the Trenton Downtown Association commemorates Trenton's unique and pivotal role in the American Revolution with Patriots Week, its comprehensive celebration of the life and times of Revolutionary War-era Trenton. Patriots Week is held annually during the week between Christmas and New Year's, and attracts thousands of visitors to the city to enjoy art music, literature, battlefield re-enactments, and living history events.


10 Reasons to Participate in Patriots Week


With over 35 events taking place during the six-day period it's easy for families and history aficionados to spend a few days in Central New Jersey. Here are ten reasons you should visit Central Jersey for Patriots Week:
1. Historic Tours - Begin the New Year with an expanded understanding of the significant events that turned the tide of the American Revolution from a lost cause to victory! This year take part in an all-day bus tour on Dec 22nd and 28th through Trenton and our fellow historic sites Washington Crossing and Princeton that explores the social and military questions of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign, December 26, 1776 - January 3, 1777. Trenton's historic locations and buildings will be open for tours throughout Patriots Week, including the Old Barracks Museum and the 1719 William Trent House Museum (the domicile of the man the City was named for.) Ralph Siegel, of Trenton Battlefield Tours, will also lead a 10-block interpretive walk that narrates the minute-by-minute events of the Battles of Trenton. Check event date listing, for location and fees. TICKETS SOLD OUT FOR DEC.28TH TOUR, DEC. 22 SEATS STILL AVAILABLE HERE.

2. Battle Reenactments - See history unfold during the reenactment of the Battle of Trenton on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 11am. Follow the soldiers from the Battle monument down Warren Street to Mill Hill Park. Then at 3pm see the battle of the Assunpink in Mill Hill Park. Cost. $0.

3. Exciting Debuts & Screenings - Join the Trenton Historical Society as they present, for the first time to the public, the feature length documentary "John Hart: Portrait of A Patriot", Thursday, December 28th at 7pm. By joining the "1776" Interactive Screening, one could really get into the colonial spirit by coming in costume and sing along to songs, sign the Declaration of Independence and more, Tuesday, December 26th from Noon to 4pm. Both events are located at the New Jersey State Museum Auditorium. 

4. See the Sky in 1776! - The New Jersey State Museum will celebrate the city's history by hosting holiday planetarium shows featuring constellations and planets that occupied the sky when George Washington crossed the Delaware. 
Cost: $7 adult, $5 child. Visit for dates and times.

5. Children's Fun- Come hear stories about George Washington on Dec 27, with crafts and interactive activities, then enjoy games children played during colonial times on Dec 28 at the Trenton Free Public Library. Join the fun after the first battle for the "Trouble with Trenton puppet show on Dec 30, with live music, large puppets, props and plenty of "revolting" action! Free

6. Insightful Lectures - The Trenton Free Library presents Larry Kidder author and historian lecturing on "Trenton's People at the Crossroads of Revolution" on Dec. 26, 5:30pm . Visit The New Jersey Freemasons Grand Lodge Museum and History Committee presents a lecture about Brother David Brearley the most important founding father that we don't know about on Dec. 29th at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple from 4pm - 5:15pm.

7. Revolutionary Pub Crawl - Presented by Trenton Downtown Association on Dec. 27 a period pub crawl of downtown Trenton watering holes and restaurants. Colonial dress welcome. Check event date listing for the schedule. No charge to attend; buy your own drinks and food.

8. Dance Like Colonial Elite - Learn to dance like the founding fathers during The Colonial Ball, held Dec. 29 at 7pm at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple. Wear your period attire. For tickets visit

9. Capital Singers of Trenton - Enjoy a selection of choral songs performed by the Capital Singers of Trenton on Dec. 30th at 2pm in one of the most historic locations in the city. Free.

10. New Years Eve Concert - The Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra closes out the week with the perfect New Year's Eve experience: an early dinner with friends at one of our many excellent area restaurants, then off to the War Memorial for some great uplifting music. After the concert it's still early enough to make that New Year's Eve party, go out for a nightcap, or just be home and in bed before midnight. Whatever you choose, the Capital Philharmonic fits right into your plans. Be part of this Trenton tradition on Dec 31 at Patriots Theater. There's no better way to bring in the New Year. Tickets:


Washington's Crossing Reenactments - Thousands gather at the banks of the Delaware River in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania to watch the reenactment of George Washington's daring Christmas Day river crossing on Dec. 25 at 1pm, Free. A great way to see the reenactment if you can't make it on December 25 is at the First crossing on Dec 10. COST: $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five.

Battle of Princeton - On Dec 31, 2017 catch a real time historical tour of the Battle of Princeton, including reenactors of various Continental and Congressional regiments, as well as the famed British 17th Regiment of Foot demonstrate exactly where, when and why events unfolded that chilly morning in 1777.

Click here to download Patriots Week 2017 schedule of events.

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