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Baltimore’s Home of the Brave: Find Your Park After Dark & Friends’ Reception                         

April 21 / 6-7:30pm

Explore 200 years of history through guided lantern-light tours on the grounds of Fort McHenry. Join us before or after your tour for the Friends of Fort McHenry’s “Light” Reception during this special Light City related event.


Fort McHenry Crab Feast                                                                                                      

August 4 / 4-8pm

Enjoy delicious BBQ fare to go along with MARYLAND CRABS at our FIFTH annual Crab Feast on the grounds of Fort McHenry. Sip libations from Heavy Seas Brewing Company and Atlantic Wines, jam with the lively tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys…all in the shadow of the historic Star Fort.


Experience Fort! Flag! Freedom! Defenders’ of 1814!


Our living history demonstrations by youth corps (Wednesdays-Sundays June-August); Daily Ranger Talks all summer. Experience the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail on National Trails Day (June 2). See visiting Living History demonstrations and music and military pageantry during the U.S. Army Old Guard Tattoo Ceremony (June 30) and U.S. Navy Tattoo Ceremony (August 11).

"Star-Spangled Banner - Defenders' Day Weekend"                                                     

September 15 and 16

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.


Friends of Fort McHenry Spectacular Reception                                                          

 September 15 / 5:30-9:30pm

Join us for the Friends of Fort McHenry Spectacular Reception on the grounds near the Evening Public Program for a special feast featuring 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 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.”


EVENING PUBLIC PROGRAM - 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Honoring the bravery of the men and women of Baltimore during both the War of 1812 and World War I...
Produced by the National Park Service, the evening program features dignitaries, the Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum Corps and the U.S. Army Band, Chorus and Herald Trumpets. Watch the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery present and, as dusk settles, see the symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment...followed by FIREWORKS!
Public program is free.
Saturday & Sunday, September 9-10
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.
Check out the events calendar at Fort McHenry here.

Cheers and thank you to all our 2017 sponsors, partners and supporters:

Atlantic Caterers, Inc.

Atlantic Wines

BalTerm, LLP


Domino Sugar

Friends of Fort McHenry Board Members

Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum

GRI Fund

GWWO Inc/Architects

Living Classrooms Foundation

National Park Service

Ports America Chesapeake

Rukert Terminal Corporation

Ryleigh’s Oyster

Select Event Group

Society of War of 1812 Maryland

Tim Ervin

U.S. Army Band “Pershings Own”

U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard”

Zambelli Fireworks

(supporters listed as of August)

Thanks to all who came out for the 4th ANNUAL FORT MCHENRY CRAB FEAST on July 29, 2017!
The fabulous and fun event was supported by Absolutely Perfect Catering, The Crab Depot, Select Event Group, Heavy Seas Brewery and Atlantic Wines; and the Eastport Oyster Boys. Keep an eye out for our 2018 date--the 5th Annual!
Thanks to all who visited during the 2016 Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore. Keep watch for 2018!
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...



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