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    Fort McHenry

    National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland

Fee Free Weekends at Fort McHenry

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Date: June 16, 2009

On selected weekends this summer the "Land of the Free" will be free! Entrance fees at Fort McHenry will be suspended on the weekends of June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16. Fees are being waived at National Park Sites across the United States as part of a national effort to make it easier for families to visit these important sites during tough economic times. You can't beat America's 391 national parks for family time, fresh air and opportunities to learn about America.

Celebrate Juneteenth! at Fort McHenry on June 20 at 3:00 p.m. Learn about Come celebrate Juneteenth in the land of the free and home of the brave! Sponsored by the Juneteenth Museum and the National Park Service, Fort McHenry’s Sixth Annual Juneteenth celebration will be held on June 20 at 3:00 p.m. outside the Visitor Center. What better place to commemorate the oldest celebration of freedom and the ending of slavery in the United States than Fort McHenry?

This fun, free, educational program involves special living history presentations and music! Learn how and why Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” freed his slaves after the War of 1812. Discover the history of the American Colonization Society and the connection between Baltimore and the country of Liberia. Highlights include the role of African-Americans in the War of 1812. Discover the untold stories of Fort McHenry. Did you know that slaves and freemen helped to build Fort McHenry and served on both sides of the War of 1812? Did you know that at least one of the soldiers defending the fort was a runaway slave?

Activities will include a wreath-laying honoring all soldiers, dynamic performance of Harriet Tubman, music by Civil War reenactors, an American flag ceremony, public singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the public reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.

America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better this summer - it's free!
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