2017 SPECIAL EVENTS
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
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.
FRIENDS OF FORT MCHENRY SPECTACULAR RECEPTION
Saturday, September 9 5:30-9:30pm
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.”
Benefits the Friends of Fort McHenry.
2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE - HELP THE FRIENDS SUPPORT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND SPECIAL EVENTS.
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...