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See the Fort from the water on a unique boat tour and hear about Francis Scott Key’s experience in the hours leading up to writing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Leaving on the hour 10am-4pm from the Fort McHenry Dock, the 35-minute tours run DAILY through September 30th. Adults: $10 Child: $5 (3-10). 



Bicentennial commemorative events and special projects will bring the Fort to the national stage for the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Get ready for lots of exciting programs at Fort McHenry and around Baltimore, which will culminate in the much anticipated, O Say Can You See! Star-Spangled Spectacular! 

Enjoy a free festival to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner. Landside festivals include living history demonstrations, a family fun-zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage. Events crescendo on September 13 with a star-studded patriotic concert and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor.

>Get more information on the 10 day Star-Spangled Spectacular city-wide events and celebrations!

September 13 & 14

This year's Defenders' Day reception was reserved in partnership with Star-Spangled 200 sponsors.

The Defenders Day The Friends of Fort McHenry Thank its Supporters and Sponsors:


National Park Service, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Living Classrooms Foundation

Star-Spangled 200 and the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission



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

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2013 “Defenders’ Day” Weekend a Huge Success...Read about the 2013 Event Here.


Thanks to all who came out for the Inaugural Friends of Fort McHenry Crab Feast - WE HAD A BALL! Thanks to Atlantic Caterers, we enjoyed Old Bay Wings, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Sweet Corn on the Cob, side salads, watermelon, and cake to go along with Large & Medium River Crabs! We slurped Avery Pearls from Ryleigh’s Oyste and sipped libations from Heavy Seas Brewery. The tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys made the evening special too...all in the shadow of the historic Star Fort!

The 2015 Friends of Fort McHenry Crab Feast will be held in July - DATE TBD!


HUZZAH! A special bicentennial thank you to the General Society of the War of 1812, the Society of the War of 1812-Maryland and the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 who provided funding toward the restoration of the Flag Pole & Platform restorication at Fort McHenry, cannons at the Fort and a special new wayside marker.


Friends of Fort McHenry Sponsors







Click here to see more events at Fort McHenry Official Site (enter date on calendar to search)

Special Note for Members: Active Members of the Friends of Fort McHenry receive discounted tickets to Friends events.  To redeem your discount when ordering online, click "I'm redeeming benefits" and enter your Patron ID. Click Here for Membership Information!




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