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    Fort McHenry

    National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland

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September 16, 2014
Cannon Breech Failure
Cannon Breech Failure at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on September 16

September 12, 2014
“By Dawn’s Early Light” - Fort McHenry Recreates the Morning of September 14, 1814 in Real Time
The signature event of the weeklong Star-Spangled 200th Anniversary will commence “by dawn’s early light,” promptly Sunday at 8:30 a.m., with a 100-round artillery barrage by the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) signifying the conclusion of the 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry on September 14, 1814. As the gun smoke clears, the 30-by-42 Star-Spangled Banner will be raised over Fort McHenry, unfurling its glorious colors to the city of Baltimore.

September 11, 2014
Postal stamp unveiling, Blue Angels’ air show, fireworks and more at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on September 13
September 13 marks the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry. Vice President Joe Biden will join the National Park Service and Star-Spangled 200 to observe the event with an evening program at Fort McHenry featuring patriotic music by the United States Marine Band (“The President's Own”), performances by the Fort McHenry Guard, the raising of the 30 x 42-foot Star-Spangled Banner flag and fireworks.

September 10, 2014
Original Key Manuscript on Display at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine During Star-Spangled 200th
While Americans hear the lyrics of Francis Scott Key’s 1814 song in advance of nearly every event, his original handwritten manuscript can be seen at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine through September 14 in the park’s Visitor Center, courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society.

September 09, 2014
Living Flag Makes History at Fort McHenry National Monument
In a spectacular show of red, white and blue today 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.

September 09, 2014
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Commemorates 1814 Defenders and 9/11 Fallen Heroes
On September 11, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine will honor Baltimore’s city defenders from 1814 and those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 with special commemoration programs and will have the National 9/11 Flag on display. Ranger-led programs will trace the development of the American flag from the War of 1812 to the present day as a national icon.

September 06, 2014
Star-Spangled Spectacular to Impact Vehicular Access, Bag Policy at Fort McHenry National Monument
As Star-Spangled Spectacular events kick off at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine kick off this weekend, the National Park Service reminds visitors to plan ahead and be aware of changes to normal park vehicular access and bag policies that will be in place.

September 05, 2014
Look in on History at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
The formation of the largest 15 star and stripe Living Flag will be broadcast live on YouTube during the Star-Spangled Bicentennial celebration.

Did You Know?

An aerial view of the students forming the Living American Flag.

Each May, 3,500 to 4,500 school children create the "Living American Flag" at Fort McHenry. The program is sponsored by The American Flag Foundation, Inc. More...