Defender’s Day

Known as Baltimore’s oldest holiday, Defenders’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the successful defense of Baltimore in 1814 and the writing of the nation’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

From September 9-11, 2022 park staff and partners will offer programs and demonstrations to explore the history of Baltimore’s diverse community of defenders by learning about the daily lives and experiences of soldiers, sailors, and civilians who came together to defend their city.

Saturday and Sunday will be packed with special ranger talks that highlight the fort’s history during the War of 1812, flag change programs, living history demonstrations, and a special fireworks display on Saturday evening. The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” U.S. Army Drill Team, and the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will perform on Saturday before a spectacular fireworks display in the evening.

Defenders’ Day – Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (U.S. National Park Service) (


Sep 09 - 11 2022


Fort McHenry