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Enjoy summer BBQ fare to go along with MARYLAND CRABS, Heavy Seas beverages, wine and soda. And JAM to the Eastport Oyster Boys band! Benefits the Friends of Fort McHenry. [4:00-8:00pm]

Anyone may attend – Adults $75 | Youth (6-20) $45 | Child (5 & Under) Free

Tickets and Tables On Sale Here.


Come to Fort McHenry for the annual Defenders’ Day Weekend festivities including Fife & Drum performances, flag talks, living historians, children’s activities, author talks, special demonstrations and more. [9:00am-5:00pm]


[5:00PM- 10:00PM] –

Celebrate the successful defense of Fort McHenry and the City of Baltimore from British Invasion 202 years ago—by joining the Friends of Fort McHenry for the STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR RECEPTION on September 10th to commemorate Defenders’ Day! Featuring a delicious buffet and desserts from Atlantic Caterers plus delectables and refreshments from Ryleigh's Oysters, Heavy Seas Beer and Atlantic Wines. Enjoy the Friends’ reception under the tent in the shadow of the evening’s public program (beginning at 6:30 P.M.), which will feature a concert by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, musket firing demonstrations and a spectacular

fireworks show!

Anyone may attend – Tickets on sale soon (summer). Follow us on

SPECTACULAR EVENING [6:30PM] - Enjoy a star-studded patriotic concert and the National Park Service’s ceremony honoring the Defenders of Fort McHenry, past and present. Honoring the spirit of defense –both of Baltimore in 1814 and of the many natural and historic sites across the nation, the evening program begins with greetings by city officials and state dignitaries, fife and drum music and special choral performance by the Society for the Preservation of African-American Arts and Culture. There will also be a stirring patriotic concert by the United States Army Field Band. As dusk settles, a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment will take place and the program concludes with the singing of the National Anthem and a FIREWORKS display.

The evening public program is FREE!

2016 Sponsorships Available! Download here FriendsFortMcHenry_2016Sponsorship_62816



We honored Mr. Bill Pencek with the 2015 Francis Scott Key award for distinguished service to the citizens of Maryland and Fort McHenry. As the leader in the statewide Bicentennial commemorations, Bill worked tirelessly for nearly ten (10) years to make these events the amazing success that they were.  His passion for history and Fort McHenry has been nothing less than spectacular!  As the current Acting Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, Bill served as the Executive Director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission for the last six years. 


2015 Supporters and corporate sponsors of the Friends of Fort McHenry: 

Atlantic Caterers


American Sugar Refining - Domino Sugar

Loane Bros.

Ryleigh’s Oyster

Society of the War of 1812 of Maryland

24/7 Mid-Atlantic

Association of Maryland Pilots

Atlantic Wines

GWWOI Architects

Heavy Seas Brewing

Multimarine Services 

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Propeller Club of Baltimore

Ports America Chesapeake

Rukert Terminals Corporation

Melanie Santiago-Mosier

Warner Sumpter

UA Locust Point Holdings


WBAL Radio & Alan Walden

Warner Sumpter


National Park Service, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Living Classrooms Foundation

2014 WAS A BANNER YEAR! There was a lot of bicentennial buzz in September-it was all quite incredible and a "spectacular" time was had all over town!!!

Giant Living Flag Created Honored Bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner! 
MAKING HISTORY AT FORT MCHENRY! In a spectacular show of red, white and blue On September 9th at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, more than 6,600 Maryland students, teachers and chaperons created the largest 15 stars and 15 stripes Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag ever assembled. Read more...


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