JULY 2 TATTOO CEREMONY featuring Fort McHenry Fife & Drum Corps – patriotic music, pageantry and more [2:00PM]
WHAT’S A TATTOO? Precision drill, music and living history make each program unique and memorable…be part of one of the oldest ceremonies in Baltimore City! Over 100 years ago, Baltimore residents spent Saturday evenings watching the military review of soldiers at Fort McHenry and the tradition lives on today. Every ceremony ends with the folding of the 30’ x 42’ Star-Spangled Banner flag and the firing of one of the fort’s guns. ADMISSION TO THE PARK IS FREE DURING TATTOO CEREMONIES! In addition to drill and pageantry, the highlight of every tattoo ceremony is the honoring of a distinguished individual with the title “Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard,” an official recognition of one who has given a great deal to the community and the nation. Past honorary colonels include community leaders, military personnel, philanthropists, sports heroes, and historians.
JULY 4 Special presentation “The Meaning of the 4th of July for the Negro” by noted actor, Michael Crutcher as “Frederick Douglass” 11:00AM & 2:00PM
Through August 21st, Fort McHenry offers “hands on history” seven days a week
Daily > Help hoist the grand Star-Spangled Banner flag over the ramparts, be a member of a cannon crew or take part in one of the Ranger-led programs.
Wednesdays – Sundays! (Plus Saturdays & Sundays through September 11)
See the garrison “on duty” Dressed in uniforms of the soldiers, sailors and civilians who defended
Baltimore in 1814, this living history program offers an interactive touchstone to the past.
Fun, Fury, Fife & Drum! Hear the thunderous beat of drums and shrill of fifes of Fort McHenry’s nationally recognized fife & drum corps.
Citizens Stand & Young Defenders Discover how average Baltimoreans contributed to the city’s defense against the British and learn about flag making, fashions from 1814, historic cooking and life on the home front. The young and young-at-heart can drill with wooden muskets try on a replica uniform or write letters using the same types of quill and ink Francis Scott Key used when he wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.”