Patriots’ Week ‘09 Set to Kickoff In Historic Trenton; Wide Array of Events to Run at Venues From December 26-31

Annual gathering draws thousands to the Capitol City every holiday season; celebrating New Jersey’s critical role in the American Revolution
In a season filled with joyous celebration, Trenton has reason to be in a particularly festive mood. The Capitol City is proud to present Patriots’ Week ’09 – the annual salute to Trenton’s pivotal role in the American Revolution.
Presented by the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) and running December 26-31 at various venues around the city, Patriots’ Week attracts thousands of visitors every year, offering an abundance of activities for history buffs and cultural enthusiasts alike. Daily events include art displays, literature readings, cinema offerings, tours of historic sites, battlefield reenactments, living history events, live performances and more.
“We’re fond of saying that the history of New Jersey is the history of America, and perhaps no other event illustrates this fact more clearly than Patriots’ Week,” noted Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells. “With children off from school, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for families, and Patriots’ Week provides them with a week full of exciting and educational activities celebrating Trenton’s critical role in the nation’s founding.”
Widely acknowledged as one of the premier historical and cultural gatherings anywhere in New Jersey and the greater Northeast region, Patriots’ Week recently won an Award of Recognition by the New Jersey Historical Commission.
Patriots’ Week also highlights some of Trenton’s most historic and popular venues. The State House will offer exclusive civics and “hidden treasures” tours; Patriots’ Theater at the War Memorial will host the popular and hilarious political satirists Capitol Steps and the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra; the Old Barracks Museum will feature tours and reenactments, including A Call to Arms – Muster into George Washington’s Continental Army and Meet the Soldiers!; while the newly reopened and renovated State Museum will feature NJN Film Legacy Series presentations of The Two New Jerseys, The Republican Rebellion, Crossroads to Victory, and Fireside Kitchen: Colonial Christmas.
These are a few of the highlights of an extraordinary Patriots’ Week ’09 lineup. For a complete schedule of events, including dates, times, locations, directions, maps, parking information, restaurant listings and fees – if applicable, many Patriots’ Week activities enjoy free admission – visit
Visitors can also contact the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) directly by calling 1-877 PAT-WEEK, or via email inquiry at [email protected].
To learn more about the history of New Jersey, including educational resources, statewide events and conferences, grants and other opportunities, please visit the online home of the New Jersey Historical Commission at
To learn more about the diverse arrays of services and programs under the Department of State’s purview, visit .
For more information on current exhibitions, displays, performances and show times for the State Museum and Planetarium, visit
About the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA)
The Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Trenton, NJ's capital city a more competitive location for business owners and a more engaging center for workers, residents and visitors.
TDA manages Trenton’s Special Improvement District (SID) serving an area consisting about 700 businesses and 500 commercial properties loosely running east to west from the Trenton Amtrak station to Calhoun Street, and north to south from Hanover Street to the Delaware River.