Fort! Flag! Fire!
At Fort McHenry, visitors take self-guided tours of the buildings, see cannon-firing demonstrations and help raise the flag over the ramparts of the fort. Narrated boat rides detail the events that inspired Key to pen the words that became the national anthem, and his original manuscript is on display here throughout the Star-Spangled Spectacular. The “By Dawn’s Early Light” raising of the 30-by- 42-foot hand-stitched replica flag concludes celebrations at the fort September 14.