Living History at Fort McHenry


Admission to the Historic Zone and Star Fort is $15 per adult ages 16 and over. 'America the Beautiful' passes and Fort McHenry annual passes are accepted.

Repeating Event


Every week on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday


June 26, 2019 to August 18, 2019


10:00 AM


6 hours

Type of Event

Children’s Program
Cultural/Craft Demonstration
Living History


Join us every Wednesday through Sunday from June 26 – August 18, 2019 for living history at Fort McHenry! The Fort McHenry Guard is back for the 2019 summer season as the National Park Service offers “hands-on history” through demonstrations and educational activities for visitors of all ages.

11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Stop by the citizens’ tent to discover how Baltimoreans contributed to the city’s defense against the British, and learn more about life on the home front during the War of 1812. Activities include 18th century cooking demonstrations, textile and laundry programs, children’s’ games, and clothing fashions from 1814.

10:45 am and 1:45 pm - Musket or cannon demonstrations and firing. Join us at the Water Battery to learn more about the artillery and firearms that were used to defend Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore. Dressed in uniforms of the soldiers, sailors and civilians who defended Baltimore in 1814, this living history program offers an interactive touchstone to the past, complete with weapons demonstrations and firing.

12:00 pm and 3:00 pm - Fife and drum music demonstrations. Visit the historic Star Fort and hear the thunderous beat of drums and shrill of fifes of Fort McHenry’s fife and drum corps. Musicians will play military camp calls, reveilles, and renditions of songs like ‘Yankee Doodle’ while discussing the important role of the fife and drum corps in everyday garrison life.


 Visitors are also welcome to join any of the regularly scheduled ranger programs and flag changes during their visit.


Please note that black powder demonstrations can be loud. Visitors are encouraged to bring hearing protection. Some pets may be sensitive to loud noises caused by black powder demonstrations.

All programs are subject to weather and staff availability. Check with the front desk at the Visitor and Education Center to confirm program schedule. All programs are offered on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not required and will not be taken. 

Reservation or Registration: No

All programs and demonstrations are offered on a first come, first served basis.