Defenders Day field trip Saturday September 16th Meet at 6 pm at Fr. McHenry

Join us September 16th to commemorate Defenders’ Day which honors the successful defense of the city from British attack in 1814. Celebrated since 1815, Defenders’ Day is Baltimore’s oldest holiday. The National Park Service and its partners invite visitors to explore the history of Baltimore’s diverse community of defenders by learning about the daily lives and experiences of soldiers, sailors, and civilians who came together to defend their city in 1814, and those who continue to support their local and national communities today.

6:30 p.m.—Defenders’ Day: Heroes Past and Present

Kick back in your chair or on your picnic blanket and enjoy an evening of music celebrating the service of defenders from 1814 to today. Evening program features:

  • U.S. Army Enlistment Ceremony
  • Concert by The United States Army Field Band

Here is the entire schedule of events for Saturday

  • 10:00 a.m.—Hoist the Colors!
  • 12:00 p.m.—Roar of the Drums, Voices of Baltimore
  • 1:00 p.m.—3:45 p.m.—Explore Stories of Defenders Past and Present
  • 4:00 p.m.—Evening Formation and Raising the Storm Flag
  • 6:30 p.m.—Defenders’ Day: Heroes Past and Present

Free parking will be available at the car park but will be limited. All public parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Parking areas are closed to all vehicles whose passengers leave the grounds for more than one hour.

The park does not offer full service or indoor dining facilities. Visitors are welcome to bring food into the park and enjoy the designated picnic areas in the Orpheus Grove near the main entrance gate. The use of fire, stoves, or grills is prohibited.

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