Baltimore is well known for its role in American wars, most notably the War of 1812. Fort McHenry received its fame during the “Battle of Baltimore when it safeguarded Baltimore Harbor from the British Navy. It was during that battle that America’s anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” was born. Since then, the star shaped fort has been named a National Park as well as National Monument and Historic Shrine.
Whether you come to Fort McHenry by water or ground, you will no doubt be taken with the peacefulness of this great American treasure. Visitors can take in a movie which tells about the history of the fort including the story behind “The Star Spangled Banner”. Among the things to do at Fort McHenry are bird walks, tattoo ceremonies and historic tours. If you are looking to become a part of the Fort McHenry experience, participate in flag programs, children can become Junior Rangers and volunteer positions are also available. Fort McHenry is rich in American history that shouldn’t be missed.