IT'S GOING TO BE A BANNER YEAR!!!
Fort McHenry staff and volunteers are planning bicentennial commemorative events and special projects, which will bring the Fort to the national stage for the 200th anniversary celebrations. We will be partnering with other historic sites and organizations to reach students of all ages to share the stories of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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 being planned include the creation of a “Living American Flag” by more than 6,000 Maryland students, the Harbor filled with tall ships and US Navy Gray Hulls, Blue Angels flyover performances, concerts, fireworks and more!
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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!”
isitors enjoyed the living history encampment, military drills, 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.
For Saturday evening's free public program, 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 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 contributing money to fund the restoration of the Flag Pole & Platform at Fort McHenry. A small ceremony was held during the Saturday evening program. 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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