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Signature Events

In addition to the hundreds of bicentennial programs and events during the commemoration period, the Maryland War of 1812 Commission and Star-Spangled 200, Inc. will be sponsoring a dozen signature events.  Five of the events are listed below.


Chesapeake Campaign                                                                  Various Sites throughout the Chesapeake                                                                                              April 2013 - September 2014

Dozens of Maryland Communities around the Bay share a national story of triumph, which began April 1813, when the British began their assault at the head of the Bay and climaxed September, 1814, shortly after the burning of the nation's Capital with the dramatic, successful defense of Baltimore.  The story of Maryland's fight for the nation will be celebrated through the Chesapeake Campaign, a traveling festival featuring re-enactors, hands-on educational activities, performance, food, drink and interactive fun along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.



Star-Spangled Spectacular 2014
Baltimore, Maryland
Sept. 10–16, 2014

Star-Spangled Spectacular is a 10-day free festival that celebrates the 200th birthday of our national anthem. Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner. Landside festivals include re-enactments, a family fun-zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage. Events crescendo on September 13 with a star-studded patriotic concert and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor.



2011 Pride Sail
East Coast and Great Lake region
May- Nov.

The Pride of Baltimore II will be embarking on a goodwill voyage starting Memorial Day weekend 2011 to promote the upcoming War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration. The voyage will take the Pride to 25 port cities in the U.S. and Canada.








Star-Spangled Sailabration

Forty-six ships from 12 nations sailed into Baltimore to launch Star-Spangled Sailabration.  The week included free tours of the vessels, an air show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the premiere of a new symphony "Overture for 1812" and landside festivities.  Sailabration was the national launch of the War of 1812 bicentennial and the kick-off of a three-year commemoration in Maryland.  More than 1.5 million people enjoyed this week-long event!  All eyes will be on Maryland when we welcome back

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