Celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service

It’s isn’t too late to Find Your Park in Baltimore, and join in on a grand, nationwide celebration 100 years in the making! On August 25th, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial, honoring a century of bringing Americans of all ages out to their favorite parks to enjoy the outdoors. Here in Baltimore, several celebratory activities are taking place at some of the area’s most beloved historical attractions:

Baltimore National Heritage Area

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) invites you to celebrate the Centennial and Find Your Park by taking its flagship walking tour, the Heritage Walk, for free on August 25th. This 90-minute tour focuses on the history of the city, from the Inner Harbor to Little Italy, Historic Jonestown and more. Tours take place from 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and begin at the Baltimore Visitor Center located at 401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. For more information, visit

Hampton National Historic Site

Hampton National Historic Site had the distinction of being the first site designated as a unit of the National Park Service based upon its architectural importance in 1948. Free activities and programs for the entire family will take place at the historic site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the Centennial. Kids can earn a commemorative wooden Junior Ranger bade by participating in a ranger-led program, while the whole family can learn about life in the 1800s by taking guided tours of the mansion and farm. Hampton National Historic Site is located at 535 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286.

Below is schedule of Events that will be taking place at the Hampton National Historic Site:

Hampton National Historic Site Centennial Events
8:30 - Gates open to public
9:00 - VCS open to public
10:00 - Mansion Tour
11:00 - Mansion Tour
11:00 - NPS Centennial Junior Ranger Program @ Orangery
1:00 - Farmhouse Tour
2:00 - Mansion Tour
2:00 - NPS Centennial Junior Ranger Program @ Orangery
3:00 - Mansion Tour
5:00 - Gates closed to public

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

From 2 to 3 p.m., the Flag House, a museum and former home of Star-Spangled Banner flag maker Mary Pickersgill, will offer programs and activities for those of all ages, hosted by Park Rangers and Flag House staff. The museum is located at 844 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the national anthem, will be open to the public all day and all visitor fees will be waived in honor of the NPS Centennial. You can join in on canon firings, ranger talks, observe the guard and more. Also on August 25th in celebration of the important milestone, approximately 60 elementary school students (grades 3 to 5) from three Baltimore City Y Community Schools will participate in a marquee 100th anniversary celebration at the Fort. They will participate in an unfurling of the original, 30x42-foot Star Spangled Banner flag while hearing a narration of its history, then break into smaller groups to experience special ranger-led activities and learn about the historic importance of their local national park. Fort McHenry is located at 2400 E. Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Below is schedule of Events that will be taking place at the Fort:

BOLD= Centennial Specific Programs
***Fee Free Day
*All Day - Living History, Fife/Drum performances

9:00- Gates open to public
9:30 - AM Flag Change- @ Star Fort
9:30 - 60 kids from Baltimore YMCA arrive on 2 buses for AM program
9:45 - NPT/NPS/Ceasars Ceremony Begins @ Stage
10:00 - End of Ceremony- Audience/kids participate in Flag Program
10:30 - Kids begin education station rotations (30 min/station)

  • Musket Drills @ Water Battery
  • NPS Centennial Junior Ranger Program @ East Lawn (under trees)
  • Fort McHenry Movie & Free Play @ Tavern Wayside

11:00 - NPS 100 Ranger Walk @ Armistead
12:00 - End Education Station Rotations- Kids eat lunch, begin loading bus
12:00 - Flag Talk @ Chesapeake Map
1:00 - NPS Centennial Junior Ranger Program @ East Lawn (under trees)
2:00 - Battle of Baltimore Ranger Talk @ Water Battery
2:00 - Start of USCIS Naturalization Ceremony

  • NPS Colorguard
  • NPS Fife/Drum for National Anthem

3:00 - Cannon Firing/End of Ceremony
4:00 - NPS Centennial Junior Ranger Program @ East Lawn (under trees)
5:00 - Flag Change @ Star Fort
6:00 - Gates closed to public

10:00 - NPS Centennial Junior Ranger Programs @ Annapolis City Dock
11:00 - Programs continued by Chesapeake Office (end at 1200)
2:00 - NPS Centennial Junior Ranger Programs @ Flag House
3:00 - End Program