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WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (CBS/AP) — The annual reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day has once again been left high and dry.
Organizers announced Monday that the river crossing portion of the reenactment will not take place due to high river conditions following recent rainfall.
The Washington Crossing Historic Park said on its website that “ceremonies and speeches will still occur.” This is the second straight year that the event has been canceled.
The ceremonies and speeches will start at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The annual reenactment draws thousands of people to the banks of the river in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and Titusville, New Jersey.
Boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river during the original crossing. Washington’s troops marched 8 miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton.