Re-enactors set for Washington's river crossing

Re-enactors set for Washington's river crossing

WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) -- George Washington is set for his annual Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River.

The 64th annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river is slated to kick off from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, on Sunday afternoon.

The annual Christmas tradition draws families and fans of history to both sides of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and 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.

Thirty Hessians were killed, and two Continental soldiers froze to death on the march.

Associated Press 2016