Mark your calendars now for the Star-Spangled Spectacular, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, which will take place in Baltimore Sept. 10-16.
Plan to take the whole family to one or more of the great events scheduled.
Tall ships visiting from all over the globe will arrive on Sept. 10 and depart on Sept. 16 and will be berthed in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry, Martin state Airport and beyond with free public visits Sept. 11-15. Alongside the ships there will be landside festivities including a family fun zone, live musical performances, Chesapeake food and beverages and even a 90-foot Ferris wheel lit up in red, white and blue. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to Baltimore to fly Sept. 13 and 14 with practices on the days proceeding.
Events will peak Saturdays, Sept. 13 with two concerts and a fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor.
Read on for a few of the Star-Spangled Spectacular events scheduled:
Tuesday, Sept. 9
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag. More than 7,000 Maryland students will don red, white and blue ponchos to form a bicentennial living American flag at Fort McHenry.
Wednesday, Sept. 10
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Monday. Tall ships and Navy ships arrive at North Locust Point, Fell’s Point and the Inner Harbor.
11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Tuesday. Anthem of Liberty IMAX movie at the Maryland Science Center. See the 25-minute giant-screen film exploring the events of the War of 1812. Tickets are $8 and don’t require museum admission.
Thursday, Sept. 11
Noon-5 p.m. Free public ship tours. Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point, North Locust Point.
Afternoon. Blue Angels Circle Maneuvers. Inner Harbor skyline and beyond.
3 p.m. Firing of the Alarm Gun. Cannon fire from Fort McHenry and Federal Hill will mark 200 years since the firing of the “alarm gun” that warned the residents of Baltimore of the impending approach of the British army and navy.
Friday, Sept. 12 Defenders’ Day
10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Sunday. Young Defenders Program. 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.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sunday. Spectacular Festival Villages in Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. Everything from live entertainment to hands-on fun for kids
Afternoon. Blue Angels practice. Inner Harbor skyline and beyond.
Saturday, Sept. 13
10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sunday. Star-Spangled Aircraft Display and Festival. Martin Sate Airport is opening its doors for two full days of festivities. See military aircraft up close and get your autograph books signed by Blue Angels pilots.
11 a.m.-noon. Pets on Parade. Games and prizes for the most patriotic pooch at the Inner Harbor.
2-4 p.m. through Sunday. Star-Spangled Air Show featuring the Blue Angels. Viewing locations include Fort McHenry, Inner Harbor, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Port Covington, Canton Waterfront Park. Precision flight demonstration acts from the U.S. Navy.
6-10 p.m. Star-Spangled Spectacular at Fort McHenry. Patriotic music by the United States Marine band and others. Performances by the Fort McHenry Guard, raising of the 30-by-42-food Star-Spangled Banner, remarks by elected officials and fireworks.
7-10 p.m. Star-Spangled Spectacular at Pier Six. Two-hour live broadcast shown on PBS’s Great Performances will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem with a star-studded lineup of musical performances, historical vignettes and fireworks. Tickets required.
9:30 p.m. Star-Spangled Fireworks. Official viewing locations, Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. The largest and most dramatic fireworks show in Baltimore’s history including a flag element that will go down in the record books.
Sunday, Sept. 14
8:46 a.m. Run to Remember. Join Navy sailors for a 5K run/1K walk that starts at the 9/11 memorial in front of the World Trade Center and finishes at Federal Hill Park. Registration required.
10:15 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Crew Sports. Visiting ship crew members will match skills in friendly soccer and softball games in Patterson Park. The public can cheer them on.
Tuesday, Sept. 16
9 a.m.-noon. Tall ships and navy ships depart. North Locust Point, Fell’s Point, Inner Harbor.
For more events see the Star-Spangled Spectacular website.