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Note, the narrated special Fort McHenry Boat Tour will not operate in 2015. You may visit Fort McHenry by water via the Baltimore Water Taxi.


More details and complete listings here: 2015EventsFortMcHenry_July3_Sept

Through August 23 Fort! Flag! Freedom! Summer Living History Program
September 11 Young Defenders’ Day
September 11-13
Defenders’ Day Weekend
September 12
Friends’ Star-Spangled Reception, National Park Service’s presentation, U.S. Army Field Band music & Fireworks!

Fireworks over Ft. McHenrySEPTEMBER 11-13 DEFENDER'S DAY WEEKEND

The extravaganza includes War of 1812 living history demonstrations, parades, military bands, fireworks and much more!  The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend honors Defenders’ Day, Baltimore’s oldest holiday commemorating the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner!” Enjoy a living history, cooking demonstrations, musket firings, a dress parade, author readings, the raising of huge Star-Spangled Banner flag and much more. City officials and state dignitaries will speak and the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will give a great patriotic concert before the 20-minute fireworks show! 


Celebrate the successful defense of Fort McHenry and the City of Baltimore from British Invasion 201 years ago—by joining the Friends of Fort McHenry for the STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR RECEPTION 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!

We will honor 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. 

All Inclusive Tickets $75 adults | $15 children 17 and under | Casual Attire  

*Sponsorship Opportunities: FriendsFortMcHenry_SponsorOpportunities2015_fnlmay

*Supporters and corporate sponsors for Friends of Fort McHenry’s 2015 Star-Spangled Reception (to date): 

American Sugar Refining - Domino Sugar

Atlantic Catering

Atlantic Wines


General Society of the War of 1812

Heavy Seas Brewing

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Ports America Chesapeake

Ryleigh’s Oyster

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...

The Friends of Fort McHenry thank its 2014 supporters and corporate sponsors:


National Park Service, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Living Classrooms Foundation


Jayne H. Plank

General Society of the War of 1812

National Society United States Daughters 1812



Ryleigh’s Oyster

American Sugar Refining - Domino Sugar
GWWO Architects
Heavy Seas Brewing
Maryland Arms Collectors Association
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Ports America Chesapeake
The Tom Morris Library at the National Sailing Hall of Fame
Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP
24/7 Mid-Atantic, LLC
GRI Fund, LP
Johns Hopkins Institutions
Rukert Terminals Corporation
Village Management
Denis Powers
Hoffberger Moving Services
Myron M. Oppenheimer and Maxine A. Cohen
Colonel Vernon Sevier
BGEN Warner Sumpter
UA Locust Point Holdings LLC
UPM-Kymmene, Inc.
Edward Wazlavek
Charles "Chip" Markell