Event Details

Date & Time
Multiple Days: 09/09/2016, 09/10/2016, 09/11/2016
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Defenders Day Weekend


Star-Spangled Banner Weekend to be commemorated in Baltimore
and at Fort McHenry September 9, 10 &11, 2016!

Highlights include: Concerts,
large fireworks display, symbolic ship-to-shore "bombardment," and
reenactments! Baltimore's oldest holiday, which honors the successful defense of the city from British
attack and the writing of the National Anthem in 1814.It has been a state holiday since 1908.

This three-day event begins on Friday, September 9.In the
morning, join 1,300 children from Baltimore City schools, as they find their park by participating in
"Young Defenders," a curriculum based program highlighting Baltimore's role in
the War of 1812 and the Defense of Fort McHenry.Kids will meet civilians, sailors, marines,
and artillerymen from the War of 1812. They will hear Francis Scott Key recite the "Star-Spangled Banner," learn about the role of African Americans in 1814 Baltimore, and engage in
unrolling a full-size replica of the Star-Spangled Banner flag.The
program is a partnership between the City of Baltimore, the National Park
Service, Friends of Fort McHenry, and the Living Classrooms Foundation.

On Friday evening, living history participants will muster at the foot of Hull Street at 7:00 p.m.
and parade a replica "Star-Spangled Banner" flag to Fort McHenry.

On Saturday and Sunday – September 10 &11, Fort McHenry comes alive! Events include a large
military encampment featuring drills, cooking demonstrations, and musket
firing.Family-oriented activities include a dress parade, children's programs, cannon firing, and raising of the large 30 x 42-foot Star-Spangled Banner flag. Special guests include children's authors and local historians.

The Saturday evening
honors the spirit of defense –both of Baltimore in 1814 and of the
many natural and historic sites across the nation.Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a
memorable evening!Starting at 6:30 p.m. the highlight of the weekend begins with
greetings by city officials and state dignitaries, fife and drum music and
other performances. There will also be a stirring patriotic concert by the Baltimore Brass and Westminster Municipal Band. As dusk settles, a symbolic ship-to-shore
will take place as pyrotechnic "bombs" are fired over the fort
and cannon of the Presidential Salute Battery thunder a reply.The evening
program concludes with the singing of the National Anthem and a 30-minute
fireworks display.The evening program is free!

·Sunday highlights
include a special reading of the names of Marylanders lost in both the Battle
of Baltimore during the War of 1812 and from the terrorist attacks of September
11, 2001 at 11:00 a.m.A special wreath-laying ceremony will take place at this time. Sunday activities conclude with an afternoon dress parade at 2:00 p.m. lasting 30 minutes.

The weekend is family-oriented.Children entering the fort's barracks will
have the opportunity to try on replica historic clothing.Young adults will also be able to "enlist" as
a soldier of the War of 1812 and even serve on a cannon crew!

Park hours for the events are - Saturday 9:00 a.m. –9:00 p.m.
and Sunday 9:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 per adult (age 16 and up). Children are free.The Saturday evening program is free.

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided for the Saturday, Sept. 10 Evening

* For your safety and security all packages will be inspected *



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Fee Information:
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Contact Name:
Paul Plamann

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