The Star-Spangled 200 Celebration is a three-year state-wide commemoration. The festivities reached a crescendo during Star-Spangled Spectacular, when Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine took center stage in a Star-Spangled tribute to the defense of a nation and the birth of the National Anthem.
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 Trailis 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.
1812 Bicentennial Passport & Coin Program
The 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 you will be eligible to receive a commemorative coin as a memento of your War of 1812 Bicentennial journey. More info...
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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.
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.