O! say can you see,...

by the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming! over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Ranger Talks

Ranger Talks

Join a ranger for a Flag Change or Ranger Talk

History & Culture

History & Culture

From the War of 1812 to present day - discover the people and places that make up Fort McHenry's rich history.

Photos & Multimedia

Photos & Multimedia

View photo galleries, connect on social media, and find additional online resources.

Events Calendar

Events Calendar

Check the calendar for upcoming special events and programs.

Join us in celebrating Baltimore's oldest holiday and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner!

Defenders Day Weekend

Join us in celebrating Baltimore's oldest holiday and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner!

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Find information on park hours, program schedules, and more.

Kids & Youth

Kids & Youth

Kids can have a great time at Fort McHenry! Find information on field trips, activities, and materials for the classroom.

Last updated: September 14, 2018

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Mailing Address:

2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone:

(410) 962-4290 x250

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