2017 SPECIAL EVENTS (dates subject to change)
SENTINEL OF BALTIMORE'S HARBOR - HISTORY BY CANDLELIGHT Saturday, April 1 - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Join National Park Service Rangers for a Fort McHenry Light City event! Take a guided lantern-light tour to experience over 200 years of history and learn how Fort McHenry has watched over the city, her port and the clipper ships that made her privateers famous. Beginning with the Pride of Baltimore at the Fort McHenry dock, each tour stop en route to the Historic Star Fort will highlight an era of Fort McHenry’s long history as the sentinel watching over Baltimore through the “perilous fight” of 1814 and decades of nights thereafter.
Hear stories of the Fort’s history in a whole new light—encounter soldiers from the American Revolution era, the Old Defenders during the War of 1812, artillerists from the Mexican War, Union soldiers and Confederate sympathizers from the Civil War, Army soldiers from World War I, and U.S. Coastguardsmen from World War II.
RESERVE YOUR TOUR TIME HERE! Guided tours will run every 10 minutes beginning at 6:00 p.m. and concluding by 8:00 p.m. Space is limited so reservations should be made in advance. Fee is $10 per adult (age 16 years and up). America the Beautiful National Parks Passes are also accepted.Payment for tours will be collected on-site upon arrival at the Visitor Center.
STOP IN BEFORE YOUR TOUR - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Friends of Fort McHenry invites you to gather in the Fort McHenry Visitor Center before your guided walk to enjoy a little nosh and a light beverage as part of this “friend-raiser” to benefit the Friends of Fort McHenry.
All Welcome -- Free -- Donations Encouraged!
2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE - HELP THE FRIENDS SUPPORT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND SPECIAL EVENTS.2017SPONSORPACKAGE
4th ANNUAL FORT MCHENRY CRAB FEAST Saturday, July 29 - 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy delicious BBQ fare to go along with MARYLAND CRABS at the fourth annual Fort McHenry Crab Feast! Sip libations from Heavy Seas Brewery and Atlantic Wines; and jam to the tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys…all in the all in the shadow of the historic Star Fort on the grounds of Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine.
$75 Adults. $45 Youth (6-20) $700 Reserved Tables of 10. Anyone may attend--Tickets on Sale late spring. For more information, call 410-962-4290 ext. 850. Benefits the Friends of Fort McHenry.
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER - DEFENDERS' DAY WEEKEND Saturday & Sunday, September 9-10
FRIENDS OF FORT MCHENRY SPECTACULAR RECEPTION Saturday, September 9 5:30-9:30pm
Benefits the Friends of Fort McHenry. Sponsorships available! For more information, call 410-962-4290 ext. 850.
Thanks to all who visited during the 2016 Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore! www.mdfleetweek.com
Thanks to all who came out for 2016 DEFENDER'S DAY WEEKEND!
HUZZAH AND THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS.
American Sugar Refining - Domino Sugars
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Society of the War of 1812 of Maryland
Association of Maryland Pilots
Heavy Seas Brewing
Ports America Chesapeake
BGEN Warner Sumpter
UA Locust Point Holdings
National Park Service, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
Living Classrooms Foundation
The 2016 Francis Scott Key Award was presented to Mr. Trip Bailey, President, BalTerm LLP, and former Chair of the Friends' Advisory Board. Trip served as chair for more than a dozen years and offered outstanding support, guidance and passion for educating youth about Fort McHenry. We salute Mr. Bailey and are happy he continues to serve as a Board Member.
LOOKING BACK TO 2015 We honored Mr. Bill Pencek with the 2015 Francis Scott Key award for distinguished service to the citizens of Maryland and Fort McHenry. As the leader in the statewide Bicentennial commemorations, Bill worked tirelessly for nearly ten (10) years to make these events the amazing success that they were. His passion for history and Fort McHenry has been nothing less than spectacular! As the former Acting Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, Bill served as the Executive Director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission for the last six years.
2014 WAS A BANNER YEAR! There was a lot of bicentennial buzz in September-it was all quite incredible and a "spectacular" time was had all over town!!! Giant Living Flag Created Honored Bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner! MAKING HISTORY AT FORT MCHENRY! In a spectacular show of red, white and blue On September 9th at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, more than 6,600 Maryland students, teachers and chaperons created the largest 15 stars and 15 stripes Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag ever assembled. Read more...