Big boats, Blue Angels, and bombs (okay, fireworks) bursting in air! Why, you ask? This weekend is the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, and we’re having a seven-day festival to celebrate!
Well, our national anthem’s lyrics were taken from a poem called “Defence of Fort M’Henry” which was written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.
PLANES, SHIPS AND CONCERTS – OH MY!
Some of the highlights of the festival include:
- The Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show on September 13 and 14 from 2-4 p.m. will feature the Blue Angels, the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. They will also have air show practices from 12-3 p.m. on September 12.
- Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem is a two-hour concert at Pier Six Pavilion co-hosted by John Lithgow and Jordin Sparks. Performances will include Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Train and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. You can still purchase tickets online at piersixpavilion.com.
- Starting on September 11, you can go on FREE public ship tours between noon and 5 p.m. Ships are located at the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point, and North Locust Point.
- A 20-minute massive firework show on September 13 at 9:30 p.m., which can be viewed from dozens of points around Baltimore’s waterfront.
- Red, White & Brew Festival in Fells Point on September 13 from 2:30-9 p.m. and September 14 from 11-7 p.m.
- Orioles will host the Yankees for the weekend, with games on September 12 at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m., Saturday September 13 at 1:05 p.m. and a Star-Spangled game on September 14 at 8:05 p.m., where the players will wear specially designed patriotic uniforms.
For a full list of events, click here.
ANY GOOD GRUB?
There will be three festival areas in the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and Martin State Airport that will have street fair type food vendors. There is also a wide variety of restaurants located in the Inner Harbor – including the Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys, the Hard Rock Cafe, James Joyce and Bertha’s.
If you want to look a little further than the harbor for some Baltimore-based grub, Fell’s Point has a variety of good places. The Point at Fell’s, Max’s Taphouse and Thames Street Oyster House are all worth a try.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Parking can be tough in the city, but Star-Spangled Spectacular has partnered with Parking Panda to allow customers to purchase parking passes at many parking facilities within easy walking distance to the events.
Buy your ticket here.
If you’re not driving into the city, you can also check out:
- The Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle
- Charm City Circulator
- Uber (use promo code COLLEGETOWN for $20 towards your first ride!)
- Light Rail
- MTA Bus
BEFORE YOU GO
Check out these maps to make sure you know where you’re going!
Enjoy the events this weekend, and refer to Star Spangled Spectacular for more information!
Emily Dutt, Marketing Intern