The Star-Spangled 200 Celebration is a three-year state-wide commemoration that kicked-off with an international maritime festival in June 2012. The festivities will reach a crescendo in September 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, try out these two great apps, 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 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.
The Chesapeake Campaign
Spring 2013 – Summer 2014
The story of Maryland's fight for the nation will be celebrated through the Chesapeake Campaign, a traveling festival featuring re-enactors, hands-on educational activities, performance, food, drink and interactive fun along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
Undaunted Weekend - Battle of Bladensburg
August 22-24, 2014
Commemorate from Thursday to Sunday starting with War of 1812 Night at the Baysox. On Friday RSVP for a "John Bull Roast" dinner and dancing at Riversdale. On Saturday, join in the fun with a re-enactment, demonstrations, food, music, and fireworks. On Sunday commemorate the Burning of DC!
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Prince George's County
War of 1812: Croom Events
August 23, 2014
A celebration with a dramatic presentation, storytelling, costume judging, light dinner, dessert, and dancing to period music. Sponsored by Community Support Systems, Inc. and St. Thomas' Parish.
Prince George's County
War of 1812 Bicentennial, A Star-Spangled Celebration
August 30, 2014
Tour Maxwell Hall for an exciting look into a late 18th century home with central stair passage, gambrel roof, and massive end exterior brick chimneys. Maxwell Hall is situated in the center of Maxwell Hall Equestrian Park on 600 plus acres and in the middle of the first foreign invasion of the United States. Be part of living history, experience a wedding of 1812 and find out how the war impacted a young family. Learn the history of the Keech family and their lives during this tumultuous time. Stroll the booths of crafters, artisans, authors, demonstrations, toys and games, live music, and local food.
Battle of Caulk's Field Celebration
August 30-31, 2014
War of 1812 at Caulk's Field re-enactment 200 years to the day, with wreath-laying ceremony, food, vendors and more.
Brookeville War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration
August 30-31, 2014
Located just eighteen miles north of the District of Columbia, the charming Quaker Town of Brookeville played a significant role in local and national history, as “United States Capital for a Day” on August 26, 1814, during the British occupation of Washington.
Celebrate Charles! March from Benedict
August 30-31, 2014
Tour Serenity Farm and learn about farm and plantation life from a local farm owner and historian. Visit Harvest House - purchase locally produced meats and vegetables, and visualize over 40 British ships in the Patuxent River from the porch. View the area where 1814 artifacts were found.Enjoy a walk to the river, a petting zoo and amusements, live performances of the Music of the War of 1812 and from THE British Invasion Tribute, artisans, crafters, local food, and evening entertainment.
Serenity Farm, Benedict
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
September 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.”
Fort! Flag! Fire!
From June 28th to September 1st, the Fort McHenry Guard Living Historians will be “On Duty” with special daily programming that includes tours of the original buildings, hoisting the 30×42 flag over the ramparts and the firing of cannons. In addition to existing ranger programs, living historians will give unique demonstrations, fife and drum concerts, talks on civilian life in 1814 and more! Special children’s programs also make history fun for the young and young at heart.
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
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
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 (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.
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.