Star-Spangled Spectacular Events: September 14th

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Young Defenders Program at Fort McHenry:  10am-4pm

At these hands-on activity stations, young visitors can learn about soldier life at Fort McHenry and discover how average Baltimoreans contributed to the city’s defense from the British.

Star-Spangled Aircraft Display Festival at Martin State Airport:  10am-5pm

Martin State Airport is opening its doors for two full days of festivities. Visit the airport between 10 AM and 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14. Parking is free with shuttles running from parking areas to the festival all day. Handicapped-accessible shuttles are part of the fleet.

Creative Alliance Presents: Hampstead Hill Festival in Patterson Park: 10am-830pm

The Creative Alliance commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore by producing a festival at the exact site where American forces formed a line to repel the British land attack on the city. This daylong festival includes living history demonstrations, interactive and educational activities for the young and old, refreshments and multiple stages of musical entertainment. The U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will jump into Patterson Park at 4:00 PM.

The Key Story at Fort McHenry:  1015am, 1115am, 515pm, 715pm

Learn how Maryland attorney and amateur poet Francis Scott Key’s poem about the defense of Fort McHenry became our National Anthem. Join a park ranger for this hands-on program about the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Help unroll the 30-by-42 foot, full-size replica Star-Spangled Banner flag at the exact site where it flew in 1814.

Demo Kitchen & Brew Garden at the Inner Harbor:  11am- 6pm

Presented by Chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Scott Plank of WarHorse, the Chesapeake Bay Demo Kitchen and Brew Garden will run throughout the weekend of September 12th-14th, and will feature a fascinating lineup of chefs, brewmasters, winemakers, and cidermakers from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and beyond.

Spectacular Festival Villages at Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and Martin State Airport:  11am-6pm

The Star-Spangled Spectacular Village at the Inner Harbor will feature hands-on fun for kids, cooking demonstrations with farm-to-table flair, concerts, exhibits, festival fare, sponsor giveaways and other activities.

Red, White and Brew Festival at Broadway Square:  11am-7pm

Celebrate the British invasion at “Red, White & Brew” in Fell’s Point, alongside the HMS Argyll. Walk historic Fell’s Point while enjoying shopping, food vendors and other area attractions. This free festival is also a great place to view the Air Show and the fireworks.

Crew Sports at Patterson Park:  11am-5pm

Visiting ship crew members will match skills in friendly soccer and softball games in Patterson Park. The public is invited to cheer them on!

Anthem of Libery IMAX Film at Maryland Science Center:  1130am-430pm

See the story behind the song. “Star Spangled Banner—Anthem of Liberty” is a 25-minute giant-screen film exploring the events of the War of 1812, playing daily at theMaryland Science Center. Re-live the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the story behind the making of the flag that grew to symbolize the resolve of America.

Star-Spangled Spectacular Author Events at Barnes & Noble:  12pm-3pm

Barnes & Noble will host a series of War of 1812 authors for book talks during Star-Spangled Spectacular. Authors will be available for readings and book signings. A full schedule is below:

Free Public Ship Tours at the Inner Harbor:  12pm-5pm

Star-Spangled Spectacular will feature more than 30 naval vessels and tall ships from the United States, England, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey. The ships will be open September 11 – 15 for public visitation. Ships berthed at the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point and North Locust Point are generally open for touring from 12 noon until 5 PM.

For Whom it Stands:  The Flag and the American People at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture:  12pm-5pm

While Mary Pickersgill is credited with sewing the original Star-Spangled Banner, the flag was also worked on by her African American indentured servant, Grace Wisher. This 13-year girl is the inspiration behind the exhibition.

Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show:  2pm-4pm

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. The featured act will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The air show will take place over the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River.

O’er the Ramparts at CCBC Dundalk:  2pm

“O’er the Ramparts” is an original patriotic musical pageant the will premiere at the John E. Ravekes Theatre at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). The production chronicles the events before, during and after the Battle of Baltimore though the eyes of a 12-year old and 15-year old sister and brother living in Baltimore County and in the midst of the action.

Singing on Key:  A Concert Celebrating the Star-Spangled Banner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church:  5pm

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. David Hildebrand, director of the Colonial Music Institute, will be joined by Ginger Hildebrand, the Monumental Brass Quintet, organist Kathie Metz and singers from the Baltimore Choral Arts Society led by Tom Hall.

Anthems Remixes and Reinterpretations atReginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture: 5-8pm

Renowned beat-boxer Shodekeh remixes, reinterprets and reimagines the National Anthem. With the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, specialists in improvised hip-hop and Classical Revolution, a coalition of classically trained musicians who seek to change the culture around classical music the performance is a first-time collaboration between the three musical entities and is being produced in conjunction with the USA Today “Top 10” exhibit “For Whom It Stands.”

Orioles vs. Yankees at Camden Yards:  8pm

Take me out to the Ballgame at Camden Yards. The Baltimore Orioles will play the New York Yankees on this historic day. Star-Spangled elements will include the players wearing specially-designed patriotic uniforms, the Fort McHenry Guard and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit:

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