An Old-Fashioned Fourth
Fort McHenry Commemorates July 4th in Grand Style
Independence Day will be celebrated at Fort McHenry in true wild and historic fashion with cannon-firing, toasting and feasting! “Our ancestors knew how to blend the solemnity and importance of the occasion with a good party” says Ranger Vince, who will be dressed in full historic dress for the occasion.
Independence Day celebrations came into their own just before the War of 1812 and this July 4th the park hopes to give visitors a sense of the historical origins of the holiday. Visitors are invited to join the garrison of the fort as they commemorate the Glorious Fourth with fife and drum music, cannon-firing, poetry reading, hanging King George in effigy, musket salute for 18 states, period games, feasting and historic toasts! The highpoint of the event will be at 3:00 p.m. with a public reading of The Declaration of Independence!
12:00 noon – Unfurling of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag by visitors
Ongoing: Period games visitors can join in! Visitors are invited to join in the feasting and toasting with their own picnic lunch and bottled water.
Did You Know?
Pvt. William Williams, a run-away slave, joined the U.S. Artillery and defended Fort McHenry. He was severely wounded during the battle and died two weeks later.