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Star Spangled Spectacular coming to Baltimore this summer

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In 2012 Baltimore celebrated the Bi-Centennial of the war of 1812 by holding a "Sailabration" event over the course of a few days in June where the harbor was full of tall ships and fireworks and 1.5 visitors attended.

This summer, the third and final year in the city's commemoration, organizers are hoping for a repeat.

According to the website, "Cannonfire and fireworks will pepper the conclusion of bicentennial celebrations across the state throughout the summer. The events will conclude with the 10-day Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore on Sept. 6-16."

"Like Sailabration, Star-Spangled Spectacular will again include tall ships and air shows by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, as well as a concert broadcast live from Pier VI and Fort McHenry to commemorate the writing of the National Anthem. Even before that, the summer will be packed with events leading up to the maritime festival.

Baltimore attractions, hotels and restaurants will offer War of 1812-themed events and specials throughout the summer. Museums offering War of 1812-themed programs and exhibits include the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, the Maryland Science Center, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and the American Visionary Arts Museum.

Fort McHenry will host its own immersion experience called “Fort! Flag! Fire!” that kicks off June 28 for visitors throughout the summer. The programming will include living history actors, chances for visitors to unfurl a life-size replica of the original Star-Spangled Banner, and cannon firings. The U.S. Navy will provide Fort McHenry two cannons — the fort’s largest since the Civil War — to fire salutes.

The Fort McHenry visitor center will also install new exhibits in July."

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