The Civil War may have resulted in more American deaths than any other conflict, and the World War II Memorial now dominates a large section of the National Mall, but this summer Maryland proudly turns our attention the War of 1812, the conflict that solidified the United States’ independence from the British and gave birth to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The biggest celebration takes place in Baltimore, June 13-19, with the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Charm City’s famed harbor. The free week-long celebration includes ship tours of more than two dozen boats from the U.S. Navy, Canadian warships, and tall ships from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Mexico. The Blue Angles will conduct the Star-Spangled Air Show on June 16 and 17, a two-day festival held at Martin State Airport where you can meet the Blue Angels. And the world premiere of the “Overture for 2012” composed by Philip Glass will take place on the 17th at the Meyerhoff Symphonic Hall. Fort McHenry, the place that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” sits at the mouth of the Baltimore Harbor, and on Saturday the 16th, a fireworks display will be staged as part of the Celebration of the American Flag.
State-wide things are also happening, including highlights at more than 20 historical sites throughout Maryland that played a significant role in the War of 1812. The celebrations conclude in 2015, which will mark the 200th anniversary of the end of the war.
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