Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine Flies Six Historic Flags on Flag Day!
June 14, 2016.
"Find Your Park" Looking for the Flag!
On June 14, 2016 come see the Star-Spangled Banner waving o'er the historic ramparts of Fort McHenry.
"Find your Park" on the 239th anniversary of the American Flag and the 100th birthday of the National Park Service with a visit to Fort McHenry! The highlight will be at Noon with a special musical performance by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Fort Meyer, Virginia.
On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted the "thirteen stripes, alternating red and white, and thirteen stars in a field of blue, representing a new constellation" as the official flag of the United States. Since that time there have been twenty-seven different versions of "Old Glory" as states were added, the last being Alaska and Hawaii whose flags were first flown here one minute after midnight on July 4, 1959 and 1960.
National Park Service Rangers will be flying various versions of the American Flag throughout the day along with presenting special programs of music and history. A different American flag will be hoisted on the flag pole at:
10:30 a.m. – 13-Star/13 Stripe Flag – Living historians dressed in Revolutionary War attire will hoist the replica of the first flag adopted by the U.S.
12:30 p.m. - 15-Star/15 Stripe Flag – NPS Rangers and Fort McHenry Guard in War of 1812 uniform will raise the Star-Spangled Banner!
1:30 p.m. - 35-Star Flag – Civil War living history musicians will play a selection of popular pieces from the Civil War and hoist the flag that waved over a divided nation.
2:30 p.m. – A 48-Star Flag takes center stage as we reflect on the fort's roles in World War I, World War II, and Korea with a special presentation of the birth of the NPS in 1916!
3:30 p.m. - A 49-Star Flag will be hoisted over the fort marking the admission of Alaska as a state and the start of a new tradition – every time a new state enters the union and a new star is added, that flag will be flown over Fort McHenry NM&HS one minute after midnight for that flag to be made official.
4:20 p.m. – The raising of the 50-Star U.S. flag over the Star Fort!
"Find Your Park" This year marks the Centennial Birthday of the National Park Service (1916-2016)
Park Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Star Fort: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily
Admission to Enter Star Fort: $10 per adult (Children 15 years and under are free). Grounds are free. National Park Service Passes are honored here.
Facilities: Free Parking, Restrooms, water fountains, Visitor Center Exhibits, Picnic tables, and Introductory Movie.