Take the kids back in time to Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum this weekend as it hosts The Star Spangled Celebration June 21-22 with re-enactments, games and fireworks.
The celebration features a weekend’s worth of fun with the 1812 Fair and Re-enactment at the Park. The two-day event takes place Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Travel back to the early 1800s as JPPM commemorates the Battle of St. Leonard Creek, the largest naval engagement in Maryland’s history. Spectators can witness period-camp life, skirmishes and living history. Battle demonstrations will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 and 3 pm on Sunday. A parade of tall ships will join the 2 p.m. battle on Sunday.
In addition to the military side of things, the event will feature period dance lessons, spinning, weaving, hands-on sewing, blacksmith demonstrations, an early 1800s fashion talk and more. There will also be a tightrope walker and puppet show.
Children’s games and activities will be available for all. The event features something for everyone as adults can enjoy a warm meal with a cold drink while kids play the game of rounders or cricket. Music, theatre and dance performances as well as cooking and clothing demonstrations will be available all weekend long.
After a long day on the battlefield on Saturday, head to Tavern Night from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Live music performed by Ship’s Company will complement the tavern atmosphere. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Entrance to Tavern Night is $10 per person, $8 for Friends members or guests in period costume.
The evening will end with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks display is free and open to the public.
Proceeds go to support educational programming at JPPM. For details visit the Jefferson Patterson Park website.