Don’t miss it: Star-Spangled Sailabration June 13-19
Name an American city that survived a crushing 25-hour bombardment, in the name of independence for its fledgling country. A community whose citizen soldiers banded together to turn back an invading enemy. A place that witnessed the birth of a national anthem, penned under the light of the rockets’ red glare.
The city, of course, is Baltimore. The conflict? The War of 1812 - America’s forgotten war. And this summer, on the bicentennial of that epic American struggle, Baltimore is excited to host the Star-Spangled Sailabration, June 13-19. The history fascinates, the week is going to be packed with action and fun, and you’re invited.
Honoring the Heroes of America’s Forgotten War
Few Americans know much about The War of 1812, or how important it was. But do the math. Our forefathers signed the declaration of independence in 1776, and fought the Revolution until 1783. In 1812, our young nation was not yet 40 years old. Yet here was America, at war with Great Britain again in another struggle for our very existence. The hostilities started over tensions left from the Revolution, maritime rights, and forced British conscription of American sailors into His Majesty’s Navy.
When full war broke out, Baltimore was in the thick of everything. With smoke from Washington DC still on the distant horizon, a citizen militia repelled a land invasion at North Point, just outside Baltimore. The British tried invading the city, valued for its shipbuilding, through the harbor, but Fort McHenry stood in their way. The 15-star, 15-stripe American flag still flew at dawn the next morning, and Francis Scott Key’s poem, later re-named The Star-Spangled Banner, was born. Click here for some great War of 1812 stories.
A Sailabration Week Like You’ve Never Seen
From June 13 to 19, Baltimore will host the national launch of the bicentennial commemoration for America’s second victory for independence. This Star-Spangled Sailabration is all about the history, heritage and heroism that America honors to this day with is flag and anthem. Click here for a complete list of Sailabration activities and events. Highlights include:
- Fleets of tall ships (sailing ships) and greyhulls (modern naval warships) in Baltimore Harbor
- Free public ship tours
- Free concerts and fireworks galore
- Star-Spangled Air Show featuring the thrilling Blue Angels
- Waterfront “Sailabration Villages” filled with activities, food and fun
- Walking history tours right where it all happened
- Flag celebrations and lively festivals
Get yourself to Baltimore for a few days of this exciting, star-spangled time. Click here to get a Free Visitors Guide with all the Sailabration events, activities and schedules.
Be a Part of History – See You in Baltimore
You’re invited to Baltimore this summer. Now’s the time to check out lodging options and plan your trip. Click here to check out accommodation options and find great deals.
It’s true: Our star-spangled banner yet waves o’er the land of the free. 200 years ago, Baltimore made sure of that. You can honor that history and heritage - and have a great time - with this Star-Spangled Sailabration for the ages. Come to Baltimore June 13-19 and live it.