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Sponsorships Available! Help the Friends support the Fort - education, preservation and youth employment.
See 2018 Sponsorship Packet here: FriendsofFortMcHenryPartnerships2018e
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MAY 28 Memorial Day

Flag will be raised to half-staff and Rangers give a special talk on the origin of Memorial Day and hoist a Civil War era replica garrison flag.

JUNE 2 National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Enjoy special kayak experiences and a wetlands tour along with talks about the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Learn more about the National Trail System, and how you can help preserve and protect these special places.

Participating partners include Ultimate Water Sports, Blue Water Baltimore, National Parks Conservation Associatio, Living Classrooms Foundation and Fort McHenry rangers.

All National Trails Day activities will be offered free of charge.  The grounds of Fort McHEnry are free but entrance to the historic zone at Fort McHenry is $15.00 (as of June 1, 2018) for visitors 16 and over. Parking is free. Programs may be cancelled for inclement weather. Park open from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Pre-register for guided kayak programs and wetland tours here. (highly recommended)

JUNE 2 Defenders of Fort McHenry!

The Fort McHenry Guard kicks off its summer season!

JUNE 10 Tour dem Parks!

JUNE 14 Flag Day

JUNE 19 - 23 War of 1812 Fife & Drum Band Camp at Fort McHenry.

Youth invited to participate - more information here.



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. Crab Feast runs from 4-8pm.

Tickets $75 Adults and $45 Youth.

Reserved Tables $725.

JUNE - AUGUST - 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).

SEPTEMBER 15 and 16 - "Star-Spangled Banner - Defenders' Day Weekend"                                                     

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.

SEPTEMBER 15 / 5:30-9:30pm - Friends of Fort McHenry Spectacular Reception                                                          

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.

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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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