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Star-Spangled 200 Celebration 

Star-Spangled 200 Celebration. Tall Ships, Blue Angels, and Fort McHenry Fireworks 

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The Star-Spangled 200 Celebration is a three-year state-wide commemoration. The festivities reach a crescendo During Star-Spangled Spectacular September 10-16, 2014, when Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine takes center stage in a Star-Spangled tribute to the defense of a nation and the birth of the National Anthem.

Join us in celebrating the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem by attending one or all of the Commemoration events. Show and share your patriotism by participating in #StarSpangledSummer and don't forget to purchase your Star-Spangled 200 Commemoration items. For a great interactive and learning experience, explore War of 1812 Interactive Battlefield Map and KeyCam.

Return to the crucial, waning days of the War of 1812, also known as “America’s Second War of Independence,” by following the Star-Spangled Banner Trail in Maryland, a 100-mile route between Solomons and Baltimore. Along the way, you’ll learn about decisive stands made by American troops against the British invaders, and discover what inspired our National Anthem. The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. It connects historic sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and commemorates the events leading up to the Battle for Baltimore, the aftermath of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem.
 

Commemoration Events:

Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag
September 9, 2014
over 7,000 school students donning red, white, and blue will create the Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic​ Shrine. Like their predecessors during the Centennial in 1914, students will be making history as part of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
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Star-Spangled Spectacular
Star-Spangled Spectacular LogoSeptember 10–16, 2014
By land, sea and air, a ten-day commemoration will culminate on September 14, 2014—the 200th Anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

Tall Ships and Navy Ships Arrive
September 10, 2014
Want to see the ships arriving or departing? Most of the ships are expected to arrive on Wednesday, September 10 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
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Anthem of Liberty IMAX Movie
September 10. 2014
See the story behind the song. “Star Spangled Banner—Anthem of Liberty”
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Welcome Ceremony
September 10, 2014
Baltimore host the official Welcome Ceremony for more than 35 ships' captains who have sailed into Baltimore.
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200th March of the Defenders
September 11, 2014
Five hundred uniformed men and women of the Maryland Army National Guard will march the 6-mile route along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
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9/11 Commemoration and Flag Ceremony
September 11, 2014
Join first responders from New York and Baltimore, the Fort McHenry Guard and living historians as they honor those whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001.
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Free Public Ship Tours
September 11, 2014
Star-Spangled Spectacular will feature more than 30 naval vessels and tall ships from the United States, England, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey.
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Blue Angles Circle Maneuvers
September 11, 2014
Afternoon/ Inner Harbor skyline and beyond.
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Spectacular Festival Villages
September 12 - 14, 2014
Spectacular Villages will feature everything from live entertainment to hands-on fun for kids throughout the festival.
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Farm to Galley - A Navy Chef Cook-off
September 12, 2014
Starring: Galley Cooks from Europe and North America.
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Free Public Ship Tours
September 12, 2014
Star-Spangled Spectacular will feature more than 30 naval vessels and tall ships from the United States, England, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey.
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Blue Angels Practice
The Blue Angels team will practice for the Air Show. This is not considered an Air Show day; however, people along the flight path will observe the demonstration.
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Meet the Fleet Happy Hour
September 12, 2014
Everyone is invited to the Inner Harbor Village for happy hour!
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Star-Spangled Aircraft Display and Festival
September 13 - 14, 2014
Martin State Airport is opening its doors for two full days of festivities.
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Fort McHenry Forever Stamp Release Ceremony
September 13, 2014
The U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
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Pets on Parade
September 13, 2014
Does Spot stand up and salute every time it hears “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Well, even if he doesn’t, you might want to consider entering your pet in the “Pets on Parade” contest. Pets can begin registering at 10 AM and the parade will start at 11 AM.
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Star-Spangled Spectacular Author Events
September 13, 2014
Barnes & Noble will host a series of War of 1812 authors for book talks during Star-Spangled Spectacular.
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Star-Spangled Air Show Featuring the Blue Angels
September 13 - 14, 2014
The Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show will feature precision flight demonstration acts from the U.S. Navy over a one-and-a-half-hour period between 2:00 and 4:00 PM on September 13 and 14.
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Star-Spangled Spectacular at Fort McHenry
September 13, 2014
Observe the bicentennial of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the spot that endured the British bombardment, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write what became our National Anthem.
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Star -Spangled Spectacular at Pier Six
September 13, 2014
Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem is a two-hour concert special at Pier Six Pavilion that will also be live broadcast on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances series on PBS.
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Star-Spangled Fireworks
September 13, 2014
Launched from six barges that will stretch three miles from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry, viewers will enjoy the largest fireworks and light display since 1814! The 20-minute fireworks program will be choreographed to an incredible music score.
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 By Dawns Early Light
September 14, 2014
A procession of modern and living history military units, represented by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Fort McHenry Guard, kicks off this real-time anniversary program.
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9/11 Run to Remember
September 14, 2014
Join Navy sailors for a 5K run/1K fun walk that starts at the 9/11 memorial in front of the World Trade Center and finishes at Federal Hill Park.
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Hampstead Hill Festival
September 14, 2014
On September 14, 1814 about 15,000 Baltimoreans, many of whom were not born in America, many of whom were African-American, stood on the ramparts they had built on Hampstead Hill (now Pagoda Hill), ready to defend their home from British invasion. Across the marshy valley below, on the ridge east of present day Creative Alliance, the British military camped. With Baltimore surprisingly well defended and the news of Fort McHenry’s fall not arriving the British eventually just turned around and left. Today we celebrate a City that came together to defend itself!
Patterson Park Pagoda
Baltimore

Singing on Key
September 14, 2014
In 1814 St. Paul’s Church organist Thomas Carr adapted and arranged the first sheet music publication of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Francis Scott Key. Today you can hear period music interspersed with writings and reflections from those who experienced the Battle of Baltimore.
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Origins of the Star-Spangled Banner
September 15, 2014
Join a park ranger for this hands-on program about the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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Tall Ships and Navy Ships Depart
September 16, 2014
Want to see the ships arriving or departing? Most of the ships are expected to arrive on Wednesday, September 10 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Most will begin departing at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 16.
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#StarSpangledSummer:

Join in and show your patriotism during the Star-Spangled Summer. We have suggested six great ways for your participation. Fly 15, 15 stars/15 stripes; Grow Patriotic for our gardeners; Wag The Flag for the pet lover; America's Past Time for our baseball fans; Red, Light & Blue for the bakers in the house; and #StarSpangledSelfie for our photographers.



1812 Bicentennial Passport & Coin Program
Baltimore National Heritage Area LogoThe passport is a commemorative piece that is meant to serve as a keepsake as you visit 1812 sites and visiting ships throughout the Baltimore region from 2012 to 2015. Participating ships and sites will validate your passport with a unique stamp to document the places you have visited. Once you have collected 10 stamps (4 stamps from required locations and 6 additional stamps from attractions or events of your choosing), you will be eligible to receive a commemorative coin as a memento of your War of 1812 Bicentennial journey. The passport is free; however individual sites may have an entrance fee.
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Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Items:

Celebrate Maryland history by purchasing specially packaged Official 2012 U.S. Mint-Issued Silver Proof Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin. In Full Glory Reflected uncovers stories of devastating raids, bold privateers, citizen soldiers turned into heroic defenders and other gripping stories of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. "Anthem: The story behind The Star-Spangled Banner" DVD tells the story behind Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and explores the role of music and patriotism during The War of 1812. The music and lyrics herein "Music of the War of 1812" CD bring life to these issues, thoughts and stories of this critical period of American history-authentically with drama and humor. Enjoy Authentic War of 1812 fife and drum music “O’er the Ramparts” by the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Display your own 15 star/15 stripe Star-Spangled Banner flag which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem following the all night British bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814. 


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KeyCam and the War of 1812 Interactive Battlefield Maps, two interactive experiences whose purpose is to promote, educate, and inform a wide audience about Francis Scott Key, significant War of 1812 battles in the Chesapeake region, and the upcoming 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

 
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