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Visit Baltimore for a Star-Spangled Celebration

Baltimore Star Spangled FireworksBaltimore will "pull out all the stops" as they host its Star-Spangled Spectacular on September 10–16, 2014 to celebrate our country's national anthem turning 200 years old. 

Star-Spangled Banner's History

On September 14, 1814 during the War of 1812, Attorney Francis Scott Key authored the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the back of a letter as he watched the American flag flying above Fort McHenry along Baltimore's Harbor marking an American win over British troops.

Key's words captured what so many of Baltimore's residents felt during the war that it was printed on a leaflet and widely distributed.  The words themselves did not become our national anthem until 1931.


Star-Spangled Spectacular Guests and Events

Baltimore City officials expect crowds to turn out in masses making it perhaps the largest tourist event in Baltimore's history. Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore, is quoted, "We expect a Super Bowl-esque kind of crowd." 

Baltimore Fort McHenry FlagBaltimore will showcase entertainment and historical attractions.  More than 30 tall ships and naval vessels will sail into Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Navy Blue Angels will fly high overhead, patriotic concerts will be performed, food and festivals will draw more than an estimated one million guests to Baltimore for this Star-Spangled Celebration.

Events will be hosted throughout the city. Baltimore museums, historical sites, and eateries will feature special exhibits and offers.  Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the location where Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star-Spangled Banner, has special events and attractions scheduled September 9-14. 

  • September 9 - See 7,000 school students from every Maryland county dress in red, white and blue to form the largest living American flag.
  • September 10 - Watch more than 30 naval vessels and tall ships pass Fort McHenry to the Inner Harbor for touring while at dock.
  • September 13-14 - Meet Baltimore's "soldiers, sailors, and citizens from 1814" as they talk about life in their city during the War of 1812.
  • Help raise a flag located in the same location as it was inspiring Key to write the Anthem.
  • Watch air shows, listen to military bands, and see "bombs bursting in air" during a breathtaking fireworks display.


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Baltimore has something for all ages, interests, and tastes.  If living in Baltimore is part of your future, contact the local real estate experts at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in Baltimore.

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