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May 23, 2012

Ships Invade Baltimore to Remember the (Sometimes Forgotten) War of 1812


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Baltimore's Fort McHenry, Site of the Celebration of the American Flag Festivities on June 16 (Visit Baltimore)

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.

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June 23, 2011

Top Ten Places to Ring in the 4th of July



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06/23/2011

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July 4 at the Hatchshell on the Esplanade in Boston (Mary Giordono_courtesy, B4 Productions)
Boston celebrates the Fourth at the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell adjacent the Charles River Esplanade (Mary Giordono/B4 Productions)

Fireworks, barbeques, parades, and live music—no other holiday spells summer fun quite like the 4th of July. Although you could just as easily celebrate America's birthday by watching the festivities on TV or setting out some lawn chairs and a grill in your backyard, some Independence Day celebrations are worth the trip, especially if they're right up the road from you. Here, Karen Chen counts down our picks for the country's top ten places to ring in the 4th.

10. Mount Rushmore
With the faces of our country's most venerated presidents etched indelibly in the stone of the Black Hills, this national monument epitomizes American history and pride.

Away.com's Mount Rushmore Family Travel Guide

9. Great Williamsburg, Virginia
Celebrate July 4th with living history in the Greater Williamsburg area, the center of political events leading up to the American Revolution.

Away.com's Williamsburg Family Travel Guide

8. Miami, Florida
A holiday smack dab in the middle of summer just begs for a beach party.

Away.com's Miami Family Travel Guide

7. San Diego, California
Okay, so make that two beach parties. During the day, Pacific and Mission beaches will be packed with holiday sunbathers.

Away.com's San Diego Family Travel Guide

6. New Orleans, Louisiana
Like every festival N'awlins hosts, it's always a roarin' good time, and the 4th of July is no exception. The city's Go 4th on the River festival offers concerts at the French Market and a free Mardi Gras-style party with live music, food, and door prizes.

Away.com's New Orleans Family Travel Guide

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August 31, 2010

History Meets Hollywood: Colonial Williamsburg's Guest Artist Program



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08/31/2010

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Colonial williamsburg In Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, the sparkly world of Hollywood is melding with the town's deep dedication to history. With the Guest Artist Program, Colonial Williamsburg has created a draw for people who might otherwise not think to visit this historically rich area. And with the less than stellar economy, these affordable gems in our own backyard are not to be missed.

On September 25, Guest Artist Jesse Williams, a Grey's Anatomy heartthrob, will perform from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in What Holds the Future, a story of a group of slaves fighting for their freedom. The show takes place in the Historic Area, a  301-acre encampment of 88 original 18th-century structures, and hundreds of original houses, shops, and public outbuildings. The Guest Artist Program was created to showcase the talents of young actors along with Colonial Williamsburg’s own actor-interpreters in scenes depicting pivotal moments in 18th-century Colonial history, a subject a lot of American kids are missing out on.

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