• The Star-Spangled Banner flying over Tangier Island, VA.

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

Things To Do

Get out on the Star-Spangled Banner Trail and take advantage of the numerous learning and recreation opportunities! Click on the tabs at left to find out more about activities, events, historic sites and theme tours along the Star-Spangled Banner National Heritage Trail. You can also create your own itinerary using My Adventure Planner or download the new Chesapeake Explorer App to find things to do nearby based on your location or interests. The app also includes recommended tours and helps you build your own tours.

Here are a few ideas to get you started exploring the Star-Spangled Banner Trail:

Did You Know?

Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem sheet music

Francis Scott Key's patriotic song describing the bombardment of Fort McHenry was first published as a broadside in 1814. The broadside included important details on how the song came to be written and shows that it was originally titled "Defense of Fort M'Henry."