• The Garrison Flag flies over Fort McHenry.

    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.

Event Details

  • 09/14/2013

    Location: In and Around the Fort | Map Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Fee Information: Regular Fees. Free Evening Ceremony Contact Name: Vince Vaise Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 410-962-4290

8AM–4PM*: Large living history encampment & more. Featuring military drills, cooking demonstrations, musket and cannon firings, dress parade, author readings and Star-Spangled Banner flag interactive activities. Kids & adults can join in the fun! Special Feature! The newest quarter in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will feature Fort McHenry and will be available for exchange in $10 increments (while supplies last) ONLY at Fort McHenry this weekend. Exchange courtesy of M&T Bank.

10AM-4PM: Fort McHenry Boat Tour—get a glimpse of Francis Scott Key’s experience on the water during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 and hear how he was inspired to write the words to what would become our National Anthem. Tours leave on the hour $10 Adults and $5 Children (ages 3-11).

Saturday Evening Spectacular!

6–9PM: Free Evening Ceremony. Greetings by dignitaries followed by a procession by the U.S. Army Old Guard. See the same horse-drawn caisson used at Arlington National Cemetery as it triumphantly bears the Maryland Historical Society’s replica hand-made Star-Spangled Banner Flag. See the flag ceremoniously raised over the Fort! The U.S. Army Drill Team will showcase precision drill followed by a cannon-firing "battle" demonstrating the tactics used to defend Baltimore in 1814; patriotic concert by the U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus!

5–9PM: Friends of Fort McHenry’s Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception. Experience the evening ceremony while enjoying a lavious buffet from Atlantic Caterers, Ryleigh’s Oysters, Heavy Seas Beer, Atlantic Wines, raffles, and more. Adults $75 & Children $25, www.friendsoffortmchenry.org

@Dusk: "By the Rocket’s Red Glare" symbolic ship-to-shore "bombardment" w/ pyrotechnic "bombs bursting in air," the singing of the National Anthem & BIG FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!!!