O! say can you see,...

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."

Defenders' Day - Star-Spangled Banner Weekend

Defenders' Day

Baltimore’s oldest holiday, which honors the successful defense of the city from British attack and the writing of the National Anthem!

Fort McHenry Photo Contest 2017

Fort McHenry Photo Contest 2017

Photos must be taken between January 1st, 2017 and August 25th, 2017 and contest entries are accepted from July 14th to August 25th, 2017



Experience the daily life of the War of 1812 soldier, sailor and citizen through presentations by the Fort McHenry Guard.

Ranger Talks

Ranger Talks

Join a ranger for a Flag Change or Ranger Talk

Last updated: August 18, 2017

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2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230


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