Patriots Week

Where Trenton’s Revolutionary History Comes to Life

December 26-31 in Downtown Trenton


In 1776, the tide turning Battles of the American Revolution were waged on the streets and in the fields of downtown Trenton. Join the salute to Trenton’s past, commemorate the passion of the patriots who fought for American Independence, and honor the spirit of revolution and patriotism that flourishes today. Concerts, tours, performances, presentations, exhibits, hands-on activities and book signings bring Colonial history into the modern age and draw a dynamic mix of families, history buffs, re-enactors and culture seekers to New Jersey’s Capital.

Patriots’ Week is produced by the Trenton Downtown Association , in partnership with the Old Barracks Museum, which has been staging the Battle of Trenton Re-enactments for more than 20 years.  A collaboration of both city and state cultural and history organizations, Patriots’ Week programming reflects the quality of the Capital’s resources and provides a public showcase and interactive opportunities to experience its many treasures. For a complete list of Patriots’ Week partners,  click here.

Web photography by Wilkinson Media

 What History Has to Say:


“I remember all of the accounts…of battlefields and struggles for the liberties of the country, and none fixed themselves upon my imagination so deeply as the struggle here at Trenton New Jersey.” Abraham Lincoln
“…the unfortunate and untimely defeat at Trenton has thrown us further back than at first apprehended, from the great encouragement it has given the rebels. I do not now see a prospect for terminating the war, but by a general action, and I am aware of the difficulties in our way to obtain it, as the enemy moves with so much more celerity than we possibly can.” General Howe to George Germain, January 1777
“It was Trenton that meant the most, Trenton and the night crossing of the Delaware that were rightly seen as a great turning point. With the victory at Trenton came the realization that Americans had bested the enemy, bested the fearsome Hessians, the King’s detested hirelings, outsmarted them and outfought them, and so might well again…Measured by the size of its importance to the fighting for the Cause of America, those everywhere in the country who saw Washington and his army as the one means of deliverance of American Independence and all that was promised by the Declaration of Independence, Trenton was the first great cause of hope, a brave and truly brilliant stroke.”  David McCullough, “1776″