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
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.