Baltimore Commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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As dawn broke on September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key gazed through the haze at Fort McHenry. For 24 hours, the British navy had bombarded the fort. He could finally see the stars and stripes and was inspired to write the poem that was later to become the national anthem.

As the United States commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the penning of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Baltimore takes center stage. There is no better time to explore the ramparts at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, see Key’s original draft at the Maryland Historical Society, discover the story of the battle’s flag at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House or experience the cobblestoned streets of Fell’s Point, home to many of the privateers who harassed British ships.

Star-Spangled Banner Pass

The Star-Spangled Banner Pass illuminates Baltimore’s story – an American story – during the War of 1812. One pass opens the door at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland Historical Society, and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

There’s no better time to visit than during the War of 1812 Bicentennial. Click here for more information on other great tours, passes, tours and hotel packages.