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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) 

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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.

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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.


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

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!


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.


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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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