Defenders Day continues at Fort McHenry

Written by on September 11, 2013 in Community Bulletin, Neighborhood News - No comments

Tim Ertel, left, and Tyler Mink, both rangers at Fort McHenry, will participate in a fife and drum concert at the fort this weekend. - Photo by Erik Zygmont

If you missed Defenders Day at Fort Howard Park last weekend, it’s also being celebrated at Fort McHenry this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The fort, located at 2400 E. Fort Ave. in Baltimore City, opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children. The Saturday evening ceremony, starting at 6 p.m., is free. Here is the schedule:

Friday, September 13
10-10:30 a.m. The new quarter in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters program is a Fort McHenry quarter. Guests may exchange cash for the new Fort McHenry quarters in $10 increments, courtesy of M & T Bank.

5:45 p.m. Visitors will participate in the unrolling of the hand-stitched Star-Spangled Banner Flag at Federal Hill. There will be a procession to Riverside Park, led by the Fort McHenry Guard. A fife and drum concert at the park will be followed by a parade to the fort itself.

Saturday, September 14
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Living history encampment. Guests will see military drills, cooking demonstrations, musket firings, cannon firings, a dress parade, and interpretive activities. Kids and adults are welcome.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fort McHenry boat tours leave on the hour. Guests will see the fort as it was seen by Francis Scott Key, writer of our national anthem. Boat tours are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

6-9 p.m. Free evening ceremony. The same horse-drawn caisson used at Arlington National Cemetery will carry the Maryland Historical Society’s replica hand-made Star-Spangled Banner Flag to the fort., where it will be raised. The Army Drill Team will hold a precision drill, followed by a canon battle reenactment demonstrating the defense of Baltimore in 1814. Patriotic concert by U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus.

5-9 p.m. Friends of Fort McHenry annual Star-Spangled Reception. Guests will partake of a lavish buffet from Atlantic Caterers, including Heavy Seas beer, Atlantic wines, and Ryleigh’s oysters, while watching the evening ceremony. Cost is $75 for adults, $25 for children. Info: www.friendsoffortmchenry.org.

Dusk. By the Rockets’ Red Glare—a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment with pyrotechnics, the singing of our national anthem, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Sunday, September 15
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Living history encampment. Guests will see military drills, cooking demonstrations, musket firings, cannon firings, a dress parade, and interpretive activities. Kids and adults are welcome.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fort McHenry boat tours leave on the hour. Guests will see the fort as it was seen by Francis Scott Key, writer of our national anthem. Boat tours are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/fomc, friendsoffortmchenry.org, or call 410-962-4290.

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