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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
August 1 Fort McHenry Crab Feast and “Sea Service” Tattoo
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!


Saturday, August 1st, 3:00-7:00 p.m. Fort McHenry Crab Feast!

Enjoy summer BBQ fare (hamburgers, hot dogs, wings, sweet corn on the cob, side salads & sweets) to go along with MARYLAND CRABS! Slurp Avery Pearls from Ryleigh’s Oyster and sip libations from Heavy Seas Brewery. Jam to the tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys...all in the shadow of the historic Star Fort!


>Come Early! Admission to the Fort will be included in ticket price.

2:00 p.m. - Sea Service Tattoo Ceremony. Performances by the U.S. Coast Guard and more.

3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. BBQ and Crab Feast

TICKETS: ADULTS - $75 | YOUTH (6-20) - $45  

 TABLES (OF 10) - $700 

Sponsorship Opportunities: FriendsFortMcHenry_SponsorOpportunities2015_fnlmay

September 12 Friends’ Star-Spangled Reception.

Join us for the Friends of Fort McHenry's Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception. Enjoy a delicious buffet and desserts from Atlantic Caterers, Ryleigh's Oysters, Heavy Seas Beer, Atlantic Wines, music, fireworks and more!  More details and tickets on sale soon.

September 11-13 Defenders’ Day Weekend The extravaganza includes over 100 War of 1812 reenactors, 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 encampment, 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 event includes, 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 Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will give a great patriotic concert before the 20-minute fireworks show!

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