Patriots Week

The largest Revolutionary festival in the country right in the heart of Trenton!

2013 is the 237th anniversary of the Battles of Trenton, the most important battles of the Revolutionary War.  Remember the picture of Washington crossing the Delaware?  He was headed to Trenton to change the course of history.

Patriots' Week 2013 will feature more than 30 activities for adults and children, including historic site tours, lectures and the always-popular re-enactments of the Battles of Trenton. The festival runs from December 26 - January 1. For the complete Patriots' Week schedule, visit

This year's event will have something for everyone to enjoy including the Patriots 5k Run.  The run is a new addition to this year's event that will feature runners dressed in colonial garb and reenactors cheering the runners on. You thought Paul Revere was fast? Wait until you see these runners! There will be prizes for best costume and first place winners for the men and women categories. Also, new this year, will be the Crossing of the Delaware at Washington's Crossing and marching along the river into Trenton.  The public is invited to join in on the march.  The Colonial Ball will also be brought back this year presented by the Old Barracks museum. 

Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours will lead the Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour, Washington's Crossing Van Tour which will follow the route of General Washington's troops as they approached Trenton for their surprise attack and Princeton Battlefield Van Tour. For the kids there will be the Patriots Quiz Game Show, an interactive program modeled after popular game shows that will test the audience's knowledge in colonial history; and the youth centered Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour. 

This year's Patriots Week schedule will feature Film Screenings, the favorite Pub Crawl, which will raise a glass (or two) to the social and political relevance of taverns in Colonial America.  The Quaker Meeting House will be open for tours and leading the Cemetery Stroll and offering the The Practitioners of Musick by John Burkhalter, English flutes and Donovan Klotzbeacher, Spinet harpsichord performance and talk. 

The schedule also includes many interesting lectures and talks, such as Cultural and Spiritual Impact of the Revolution on Native American Culture Lecture and Slavery during the American Revolutionary War: NJ's Perspective on it's Enslaved Africans.  There will also be talks on Trenton Masonry. 

There will be plenty of tours of the historic 1719 William Trent House that will also feature a harpsichord performance.  The NJ State Museum will feature their exhibits and the planetarium will also show their Laser Nutcracker Special 3D Planetarium Show.  The NJ State House will be offering tours along with Hidden Treasures Tour of the State House and Family Friendly Tour and Scavenger Hunt.

The annual event offered teachers in New Jersey an opportunity to take part in the festivities through the Patriots' Podium contest. Area teachers submitted a three-minute video explaining why it would be meaningful for them to present a lecture during Patriot's Week. The winner of the contest, sponsored by New Jersey Education Association, will receive a $500 honorarium and will present a lecture to kick off the Patriot's Week events.

Patriots' Week is produced by the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) in collaboration with the Old Barracks Museum, the 1719 William Trent House, First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Temple, NJEA and Trenton Battlefield Tours.

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Reinactments in downtown Trenton

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Patriots Week is full of children's activities

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Enjoy concerts, tours, films and more



Event sponsored by Destination Trenton

Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
182 Nassau Street, Suite 301
Princeton, NJ 08542
Phone: 609-924-1776