Come to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on June 1 at 6:00 p.m. for a special FREE twilight tattoo ceremony featuring patriotic music, military pageantry and living history! The program begins with a concert by the U.S. Navy Band, Drill Team and Color Guard.
This event highlights the 200th anniversary of the famous naval battle between the U.S. frigate Chesapeake and the British frigate Guerriere off the coast of Boston. Although an American defeat the dying words of the commander, James Lawrence "Don't Give up the Ship!" became a rallying cry for the young U.S. Navy.
For a flavor of history, the Fort McHenry Guard, representing sailors from the War of 1812 will demonstrate hand-to-hand combat exercises and cannon-firing from the War of 1812.
Be part of one of the oldest ceremonies in Baltimore City! Over 100 years ago, Baltimore residents spent Saturday evenings watching the military review of soldiers at Fort McHenry. That tradition lives on today on selected weekend evenings with the free twilight tattoo ceremonies. Every ceremony ends with the folding of the great 30 x 42-foot Star-Spangled Banner flag and the firing of the fort's large evening gun.
Following the concert, the U.S. Navy Drill team will perform modern rifle exercises. Their split-second timing and precision marching have dazzled audiences around the world.