Defenders’ Day – The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend!
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Friday September 10 - Sunday September 12

Join us for Fort McHenry’s flagship event! This three-day encampment and extravaganza is celebrated with over 100 War of 1812 reenactors, parades, military bands, fireworks, a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment and much more!

The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend honors Defenders’ Day, Baltimore’s oldest holiday commemorating the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner!” Events begin with a Friday evening ceremonial procession of War of 1812 “soldiers” from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to the Inner Harbor, followed by a ceremony at the amphitheater. After the ceremony the reenactors will board sailing boats and return with the 30’x42’ replica flag to Fort McHenry. Saturday and Sunday, activities include children’s programs, historic boats, military encampments/demonstrations and a “privateer’s auction” of “captured goods.” Saturday evening’s program, beginning at 6 p.m., features a concert, a musket firing tactical demonstration with volunteer reenactors from all over the country (narrated), a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment and evening fireworks show.


Daily Schedule:

09/10 - 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
09/11 - 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
09/12 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sponsoring Gateway: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Cost: $7.00 per Person - Adult, 16 years and older, $7.00, Children, Free

Registration Status: Open

Space Limited: No
Location: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-5393
Event Contact: Vince Vaise (410) 962-4290
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