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Celebrate the Glorious Fourth at Fort McHenry

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free with Paid Admission

Join the National Park Service for an old fashioned fourth as we celebrate Independence Day at Fort McHenry!

Special programming will include:

10:00 am -“Raise the Colors!” – Join a park ranger and kickoff Independence Day by hoisting the grand “Star-Spangled Banner” flag o’er the ramparts!  Location: Star Fort flag pole.

11:15am-Flag Talk – Help unroll a full-sized replica of the Star-Spangled Banner and learn about the history of both the flag and the song it inspired. 

12:15pm-Battle of Baltimore – The attack on Fort McHenry was but one aspect of the Battle of Baltimore. Learn about other phases of the battle and the War of 1812 that Francis Scott Key did not see. This program discusses the battle of North Point, the bombardment of Fort McHenry and places them in the context of the broader Chesapeake campaign.

1:15pm-Flag Talk

2:15 pm-“Stirring Fife and Thunder of the Drum” Join the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps as they perform a fife and drum in the Star Fort.

2:45 pm–“Celebrating the Glorious Fourth”  How did they celebrate July 4th in the early Republic?  The living history team will present live music, musket, and cannon demonstrations. Join a park ranger for a special reading of the Declaration of Independence inside the historic Star Fort!

4:15pm-Ranger’s Choice Program

5:00 pm – “Change the Colors!”  Assist in the evening flag change. 
Admission to the historic zone (Star Fort) is $15 per adult ages 16 and over. Admission for children ages 15 and younger is free.



July 4
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free with Paid Admission
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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 E Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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(410) 962-4290