Participate In Fort McHenry's Upcoming Defenders' Day

Head To The Fort McHenry National Monument And Shrine To Commemorate The Successful Defense Of The City
An Aerial View Of The Fort McHenry
An Aerial View Of The Fort McHenry Photo credit National Park Services

Coming up on the weekend of September 17th and 18th is Baltimore's oldest holiday: Defenders' Day at Fort McHenry. It honors the successful defense of the city from British attack and the writing of the National Anthem in 1814. This event has been celebrated continuously each year since 1814.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 17th with a flag procession with Buddy Bison through South Baltimore. On Saturday during the day you'll find living history with both citizen and military encampments, musical performances, a new US citizen swearing in, a US Army enlistment ceremony with local recruits, musket and cannon firings.

Volunteer Guards Defend The Fort
Volunteer Guards Defend The Fort Photo credit Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Spotlight on Maryland spent some time talking to Abbi Wicklein-Bayne, Chief of Interpretation for Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Ranger Abbi talked about Defenders' Day, how the monument trudged through the pandemic and what they expect life to be like going forward.

Click on the audio above to hear the whole interview. You can learn a ton, donate or find out how to volunteer by checking out their website. Don't forget to stay updated via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.