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CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF 2014 EVENTS: 2014EventsFortMcHenry_asofApril2014


June 14 Flag Day!

“AMERICAN GIRL DOLL – 1812 SERIES CAROLINE” – [10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.] - Presentation by author Kathleen Ernst and her American Girl story about Caroline Abbott’s life during the War of 1812. Interact with living historians and enjoy light refreshments. Dolls and period dress encouraged. More details and ticket information posted soon.


Flag Day Celebration [2:00 p.m.] Join the American Flag Foundation, the U.S. Army Commander-In-Chief’s Guard, “Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps and Continental Color Guard for an afternoon honoring the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our national flag and the birth of the U.S. Army!


FORT! FLAG! FIRE! BALTIMORE’S STAR-SPANGLED SUMMER! From June 28th to September 1st, the Fort McHenry Guard Living Historians will be “On Duty” with special daily programming that includes tours of the original buildings, hoisting the 30x42 flag over the ramparts and the firing of cannons. In addition to existing ranger programs, living historians will give unique demonstrations, fife and drum concerts, talks on civilian life in 1814 and more! Special children’s programs also make history fun for the young and young at heart. >Need more city information, hotels and getting around? Go to Visit Baltimore!



 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, 10-day “Star-Spangled Spectacular” Bicentennial Celebration in 2014—September 6-16! Events include the creation of a “Bicentennial Living American Flag” by 6,700 Maryland students, tall ships and US Navy Gray Hulls visiting, Blue Angels Air Show performances, big concerts and the largest ever Baltimore fireworks display!

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



HUZZAH! 2013 “Defenders’ Day” Weekend a Huge Success!

The three-day extravaganza - September 13-15, 2013 included over 100 War of 1812 reenactors, parades, military bands, fireworks, a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment 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!” 

Visitors enjoyed the living history encampment, cooking demonstrations, musket firings, a dress parade, cannon firing; author readings, the raising of huge Star-Spangled Banner flag and much more. Special thanks to M&T Bank for hosting the Coin Exchange for the new America the Beautiful Quarter featuring Fort McHenry. We enjoyed city officials and state dignitaries, an incredible procession by the U.S. Army Old Guard including a horse-drawn caisson bearing the replica hand-made Star-Spangled Banner Flag. The U.S. Army Drill Team showcased a precision drill followed by a cannon-firing  “battle” demonstrating the tactics used to defend Baltimore in 1814 and the the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus gave a great patriotic concert before the 20-minute fireworks show.


Thanks to all who came out for the Friends of Fort McHenry's Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception. We enjoyed a delicious buffet and desserts from Atlantic Caterers, Ryleigh's Oysters, Heavy Seas Beer, Atlantic Wines, music, fireworks and more! The recipient of this year’s Francis Scott Key award was Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Lt. Governor Brown was recognized for his record of service on many levels: as a private citizen, Colonel in the United States Army Reserve including time with “boots on the ground” in Iraq, and as one of highest ranking elected officials in the state of Maryland.

A special thank you to the General Society of the War of 1812 who is funding the restoration of the Flag Pole & Platform restorication at Fort McHenry.

A warm-felt thanks to our incredible sponsors who donated to this event which supported the activities of the Star-Spangled Banner Weekend as well as education programs, visitor experiences and exhibits throughout the year.


Friends of Fort McHenry 2013 Sponsors







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