Special Event


Celebrate the Glorious Fourth!

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine


Fees are required to enter the Star Fort. Fee information is available at https://www.nps.gov/fomc/planyourvisit/fees.htm

Dates & Times


Thursday, July 4, 2024


10:00 AM


6 hours

Type of Event

Living History


Join us for an old fashioned fourth as we celebrate Independence Day at Fort McHenry! 


Special programming will include:

10:00 a.m. “Raise the Colors!” – Join a park ranger and kickoff Independence Day by hoisting the grand “Star-Spangled Banner” flag o’er the ramparts!  

Location: Star Fort

11:00 a.m. Battle of Baltimore - The attack on Fort McHenry was but one aspect of the Battle of Baltimore. Learn about other phases of the battle and the War of 1812 that Francis Scott Key did not see. This program discusses the battle of North Point, the bombardment of Fort McHenry and places them in the context of the broader Chesapeake campaign.

Location: Chesapeake Map  

12:00 p.m. “Stirring Fife and Thunder of the Drum” - Join the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps as they perform a fife and drum in the Star Fort.

2:00 p.m. “Celebrating the Glorious Fourth”  - How did they celebrate July 4th in the early Republic?  The living history team will present live music, musket, and cannon demonstrations. Join a park ranger for a special reading of the Declaration of Independence!

4:00 pm – Evening Flag Change - Assist in the evening flag change.

Location: Star Fort

Reservation or Registration: No