by the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming! over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."
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Defenders Day Weekend
Join us in celebrating Baltimore's oldest holiday and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner!
Plan Your Visit
Find information on park hours, program schedules, and more.
Kids & Youth
Kids can have a great time at Fort McHenry! Find information on field trips, activities, and materials for the classroom.
Last updated: September 14, 2018