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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, MarylandFort McHenry

The significance of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine can be summarized as the central role it played in the successful defense of Baltimore in the War of 1812 and the inspiration this defense gave to Francis Scott Key as he composed the United States' National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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200th Anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore: Fort McHenry Spectacular
Start Date: 2014-09-12 End Date: 2014-09-14
Location: Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD
In September 1814 the British attack on Baltimore lasted several days, ending in a withdrawal of British forces after the unsuccessful bombardment of Fort McHenry. The Battle of North Point and the attack on Fort McHenry are now known together as the Battle of Baltimore. Annual celebrations to honour Defenders’ Day and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during this fierce assault send you back to 1814 as you hear the roar of cannons and the rattle of musketry echoing across the harbour! This year for the Bicentennial of the decisive Battle of Baltimore campaign, the bombardment at Fort McHenry will cap off a ten day long Star-Spangled Spectacular! This once-in-a-lifetime celebration will feature reenactments, fireworks, parades, tall ships, festivals, concerts, airshows by the Blue Angels, and will conclude with a monumental televised event at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.;;

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