In commemoration of the defense of Fort McHenry on September 13 and 14, 1814, Fort McHenry NM&HS will be hosting the annual Defenders' Day Weekend on September 8 and 9, 2012. Events will include musical performances, author presentations, artillery and musket firing, and fireworks. As these events occur, your visit to Fort McHenry NM&HS may be greatly impacted by crowds, limited parking and closed areas of the park. See below for information about:
Defenders Day 2012
Defenders' Day Weekend Schedule
** ALL TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER ***
Friday, September 7, 2012Young Defenders!
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 (Fort McHenry)
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Sound the Alarm!
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Fort McHenry)
9:00 a.m.Artillery firing (battery)
Defenders' Day Celebration
Celebrate Baltimore's oldest holiday in grand style as we commemorate the 198th anniversary of the successful defense of the city from British attack and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," our national anthem.This memorable program is free!Visitors are invited to bring coolers and lawn chairs to watch the spectacular celebration.
6:00 p.m. Evening program begins, Welcome by Master of Ceremonies
Morning After the Battle
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. (Fort McHenry)
10:00 a.m.Dress parade in fort & flag raising in fort
Defenders' Day Weekend Transportation
Parking is limited at Fort McHenry NM&HS and is available on a first come, first served basis. Individuals who have state issued handicap parking tags or placards may park in the designated parking spots.During the Defenders Day weekend, the park suggests that visitors consider public transportation, including the brand new free Charm City Circulator.
Charm City Circulator: Banner Route
This free bus service connects the Inner Harbor Visitor Center to Fort McHenry NM&HS. For the schedule, a route map, and hours, visit the Charm City Circulator website (www.charmcitycirculator.com). The Circulator stops at the park main gate. From there it is approximately a 200 yard walk to the Visitor Center.
MTA Bus #1
Note: The water taxi is scheduled to close at 5:00 p.m., prior to the evening program at Fort McHenry, on Saturday, September 8.
Water transportation is provided to Fort McHenry from various locations around the Inner Harbor. You may not either purchase tickets or originate your tour from Fort McHenry. Those arriving by boat may depart by boat - visitors must board elsewhere in the Inner Harbor area to visit Fort McHenry NM&HS by boat.The schedule varies depending on the season. During the spring through fall, Baltimore Water Taxi provides transportation from the Inner Harbor. Call ahead for the latest schedule to 410-563-3901 or 800-658-8947. Visit the water taxi website (www.baltimorewatertaxi.com) for more information.
Pride of Baltimore II at Star Spangled Banner Weekend!
For more information on the Pride of Baltimore II, visit their website (www.pride2.org).
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Last updated: September 7, 2012