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- 06/14/2017 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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The Banner and Beyond: Flag Day at Fort McHenry!
Where better to celebrate Flag Day than at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner? Join us at Fort McHenry to learn all about the history of the U.S. flag from its first design in 1777 to today. In the morning you can help a ranger raise the stars and stripes above the ramparts to start the day, and throughout the day you can unfurl a replica 30x42 foot Star-Spangled Banner and learn about how it inspired the song that would become our national anthem.
As you explore the Star Fort, rangers and volunteers will share stories of how of the flag changed over time and how it came to represent many different things to Americans through the ages. What did the flag mean to a Union soldier during the Civil War? How different was the flag and the nation during The Great War? What did the Star-Spangled Banner mean to those who lived and served in different generations? And what does it mean to you today?
At 2:15, join us in the old Star Fort for a special presentation on the story of the Star-Spangled Banner and beyond, as we unfurl a handmade replica of the Star-Spangled Banner and learn about the history of the flag, how it was made, how it became famous, and how the stars and stripes have inspired Americans for generations. Made in 2013 by volunteers from the Maryland Historical Society, this 30x42 foot replica was crafted to the exact specifications issued by Major George Armistead and used by Mary Young Pickersgill in 1813. The wool bunting, cotton, and hand stitching match the original Star-Spangled Banner on display at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Join us on the parade ground where the original banner was raised in 2014 and learn how the story of the Star-Spangled Banner traveled from Baltimore throughout the United States, and became the most beloved symbol of the nation.
Visitors may also explore the exhibits and feature movie in the Visitor and Education Center.
Fee for entrance into the historic Star Fort is $10 per adult (age 16 years and up). America the Beautiful National Parks Passes are also accepted. All programs are weather permitting.
Admission: $10 for Adults, Children 15 and under free. National Park Passes Accepted.
Park Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Star Fort: 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily
Facilities: Free Parking, Restrooms, Water Fountains, Visitor Center Exhibits, Picnic tables,
and Introductory movie.