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    Fort McHenry

    National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland

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  • Reg. Hours Hours: May 24, 2014 - September 1, 2014

    Park: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Star Fort: 9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Visitor Center: 9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend

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Date: September 3, 2008
Contact: Vince Vaise, 410-962-4290

194th Annual Defenders Day

The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend

Schedule of Activities

Saturday, September 13

8:00 PARK OPENS FOR VISITATION

9:00 Roll Calls, Inspections in camps

10:00 Dress parade in fort - flag raising - large 30x42-foot flag to be hoisted

10:30 - 4:00 Ongoing living history programs in camps. Children can be "recruited" at the enlistment tent, learn musket drill with wooden muskets and see a 30x42-foot "Star-Spangled Banner Flag!

11:00 "Defend the Battery!" Demonstration by U.S. Marines. (Water Battery) Cannon and musket firing

11:30 "The Biggest and Best Flag that Ever Flew" – author Rebecca Jones will do a 20-minute talk on her children’s book. Geared for children (20 minutes)

12:00 Troops take noon meal.

12:00 "Lest We Forget" Wreath laying ceremony by the Society of the War of 1812(Armistead Plaza)

12:20 "The Burning of Washington Birth of the Anthem" - a 20-minute talk by noted author Anthony Pitch about the British attack and capture of the capital in 1814.

12:45 "What stirring Music!" – Fife and Drum concert in the fort.

1:30 "The Biggest and Best Flag that Ever Flew" – author Rebecca Jones will do a 20- minute talk on her children’s book. Geared for children (20 minutes)

2:00 "The Sounds of Battle" - 30-minute musket and cannon-firing demonstration by living history units. Narrator will discuss how land battles were fought during the War of 1812.

2:30 "The Burning of Washington & Birth of the Anthem" - a 20-minute talk by author Anthony Pitch about the British attack and capture of the capital in 1814.

3:00 "What stirring Music!" - Fife and Drum concert in the fort. Program will end with marching to Water Battery.

3:30 "Defend the Battery!" Demonstration by U.S. Marines. (Water Battery) Musket and cannon-firing demonstration

4:00 "What stirring Music!" - Fife and Drum concert in the fort.

4:30 Flag Change and ranger talk in fort

4:45 Star Fort is closed for evening following the Flag Change.

6:00 Evening Program Begins (FREE)

* Welcome by Alan Walden, Master of Ceremonies

* Address by Gay Vietzke, General Superintendent of Fort McHenry NM&HS

* Invocation

* Speaker, President, Society of the War of 1812

* Congressional Delegation

* Governor Martin O’Malley

* Doug Jimerson 3 songs

* Musket firing tactical

* SPAA Singers

* Friends give Francis Scott Key Award

* Chesapeake Concert Band

* Reenactment, Artillery, Fireworks

* Songs of the Federal Era, concert by Doug Jimerson

* Tactical Demonstration - musket firing, cannon firing, fife and drum music, troops will recreate a battle scenario indicative of the land battles fought during the War of 1812.

* Demonstration concludes grand review of all units.

* Concert by Society for the Preservation of African-American Life and History

Historic African-American spirituals likely sung during the defense of the city in 1814.

* Presentation of Francis Scott Key Award by Friends of Fort McHenry.

* Concert by Chesapeake Concert Band – Patriotic Music – Noted pieces by John Philip Sousa, other pieces include "The Fort McHenry March" and "Fort McHenry Guard March."

* Ship to shore bombardment of Fort - Fireworks barge shoots "red rockets" over the fort as the battery of howitzers of the 110th Field Artillery, U.S Army National Guard replies!

* Hoisting of the 30x42-foot American flag and playing of the National Anthem.

* Fireworks by Zambelli!!

Sunday, September. 14

7:30 Reveille and Breakfast for soldiers

8:00 PARK OPENS

8:45 Troops gather in the fort, flag raised at 9:00 a.m. All participate in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the exact time, exact day, 194 years later!

10:30 Cannon-firing demonstration near the fort

11:00 "Defend the Battery!" Sailors and Marines musket-firing demo (Water Battery)

12:00 "Causes, Conflict and Citizen-Soldiers – What WAS the War of 1812?" Join Ross Kimmel to discuss the many causes of the War of 1812 and the those who fought it.

12:00 Lunch for reenactors

1:00 "Defend the Battery!" Sailors and Marines musket firing demo (Water Battery)

2:00 Military review of units in fort, taking down of the big, 30x42-foot flag.

3:00 Event concludes, units depart

 

Did You Know?

An aerial view of Fort McHenry.

Fort McHenry was built prior to the War of 1812. The fort is named for James McHenry, Secretary of War, 1796-1800.