Defender’s Day at Fort McHenry on September 9th

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Do you love history? If so, you are going to want to make plans to take the family to this fun event! Fort McHenry, located right outside of Baltimore Maryland, is hosting their annual Defender’s Day event! Fort McHenry is famous for being the spot where Francis Scott Key penned the now infamous “Star Spangled Banner” while watching the British Bombardment of the fort during the War of 1812. You will want to make plans to be there early enough to walk around the area and glimpse the amazing history that is housed there. Kids ages 2-99 will enjoy themselves!

Make sure you bring plenty of water, as there are no places along the trails to refill your water bottles! This event is brought to you by the National Park Service and the United States Army Military District of Washington. Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will be featured during the demonstration. Get out and get ready to make some memories with the kiddos!

Below is the schedule of events:


1 p.m. – U.S. Army Patriotic Performance: Active-duty Soldiers, from The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will uniquely blend traditional military customs and courtesies with a live-action patriotic performance that showcases military discipline, historical reenactments, and traditional and modern music.

7 p.m. – The U.S. Army Band Concert with the Presidential Salute Gun Battery

8:15 p.m. – Mock Ship-to-Shore Bombardment with the Presidential Salute Gun Battery

8:25 p.m. – National Anthem performed by The U.S. Army Band and Fireworks display: The evening program concludes with the singing of the National Anthem and a 20-minute fireworks display.

Inclement weather statement: The Patriotic Performance and the Evening Concert will be cancelled for inclement weather. All other events at Fort McHenry will continue rain or shine but may be modified for visitor safety.

Park Admission: Admission to enter the Star Fort is $10.00 per adult (age 16 and up). The Visitor Center film, exhibits and grounds are free. Children age 15 and under are free. The Patriotic Performance and the Evening Concert are free. Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a memorable evening!

If you have a military ID, you can get a FREE pass to the park, which will allow you entry into National Park within the United States.

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