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In the birthplace of the na­tional an­them, sites all over town sa­lute pa­tri­o­tism. AT THE HAR­BOR FORT MCHENRY It was a War of 1812 bat­tle here that in­spired Fran­cis Scott Key to pen the verses that be­came “The StarS­pan­gled Ban­ner.” To­day, vis­i­tors take self- guided tours, see can­non fir­ings and help raise and lower the flag. nps.gov/fomc NEAR LIT­TLE ITALY STAR-SPAN­GLED BAN­NER FLAG HOUSE Seam­stress Mary Pick­ers­gill sewed the 30-by- 42-foot ban­ner that Key saw fly­ing above the fort. Her 1793 home-turned-mu­seum show­cases a true-to-size glass replica and pe­riod ar­ti­facts. flag­house.org

cap­tion here IN MOUNT VER­NON MARY­LAND HIS­TOR­I­CAL SO­CI­ETY Dis­plays here in­clude Key’s orig­i­nal man­u­script of “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner” and a pub­lished first edi­tion, plus paint­ings of the Bat­tle of Bal­ti­more. mdhs.org

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At this obelisk honoring the first pres­i­dent (built be­fore the D.C. land­mark), his­tory buffs tour the mu­seum and climb 228 steps to take in the view from the top. mvp­con­ser­vancy.org For de­tails, see listings be­gin­ning on page 19.

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