<
>

National Anthem

The American National Anthem was inspired by the events at the Battle of Baltimore, one of the key moments in the War of 1812. When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag flying above Fort McHenry amidst the cannon fire, he was inspired to write the historic poem "Defence of Fort McHenry". This poem would be put to music to become "The Star-Spangled Banner". The song became the official American National Anthem on March 3, 1931.

Today, you can view the original poem at the Maryland Historical Society, tour the grounds of Fort McHenry, and visit the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the home of Mary Pickersgill who sewed the huge flag that flew above Fort McHenry.

Featured Places to Visit

Directions
Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
Westside
P.O. Box 23773 Baltimore, MD 21223
(443) 327-9789
Greater Baltimore History Alliance
Greater Baltimore History Alliance
North - 10 to 20 miles
Map/Directions
More Info
Directions
Greater Baltimore History Alliance
North - 10 to 20 miles
P.O. Box 375 Brooklandville, MD 21022
Homewood Museum
Homewood Museum
Charles Village/Homewood
Map/Directions
More Info
Directions
Homewood Museum
Charles Village/Homewood
3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-5589
Directions
B&O Railroad Museum
Westside
901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223
(410) 752-2490

See All National Anthem Listings

Things To Do
National Anthem Trip Ideas

Baltimore Visitor Center

The Baltimore Visitor Center is simply the best place to start exploring the new Baltimore.…

Learn More
Discovering Fort McHenry National Monument & Historical Shrine

With special events, activities for kids, and much more, no visit to Baltimore is complete without a trip to Fort McHenry.…

Learn More
Spectacular Schedule

O Say Can You See!…

Learn More
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Whether you're an armchair historian or planning a school trip, Fort McHenry is a must-see historical site when visiting Baltimore.…

Learn More

Experiences

Related Events

11 October
13th Annual Pigtown Festival
October 11, 2014 – October 11, 2014
27 September
2nd Annual Family Reunion Expo
September 27, 2014 – September 27, 2014
17 October
3rd Annual Baltimore Folk Fest
October 17, 2014 – October 18, 2014
Explore All Events
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement