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Star-Spangled Banner - Defenders' Day Weekend

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Saturday & Sunday, September 15th-16th

Experience the premiere event held at Fort McHenry which commemorates the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the successful defense of Fort McHenry from British invasion during the War of 1812. For 2017, "A New Defenders' Day" will connect Fort McHenry’s service as a hospital beginning in 1917 to the national World War I Centennial commemorations, and to medical history and veterans' communities. The weekend will include a full roster of activities, including a community parade featuring World War I living history interpreters marching with the Fort McHenry Guard, flag raisings, fireworks, period music performed by WWI themed bands, cannon demonstrations, and presentations by rangers and living history interpreters. The weekend will also feature a spectacular fireworks display and live orchestra on Saturday night. This event is FREE to the public.


Saturday, September 15, 2018
5:30pm - 9:30pm

Join us for the Friends of Fort McHenry Spectacular Reception for Defenders' Day! Held just outside the Star Fort, this special feast features mouth-watering fare, signature beverages and luscious desserts. Enjoy food and drink provided by Atlantic Catering, Ryleigh’s Oyster and Heavy Seas Brewing Company and Atlantic Wines. Wander in and out of the tent area to watch the star-studded patriotic concert and the National Park Service’s ceremony honoring the Defenders of Fort McHenry, past and present. Cap the night off with an extraordinary firework display over Fort McHenry in celebration of the anniversary of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Tickets on sale this summer!

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