Friday, June 20, 2014

Baltimore's Star Spangled Loop Celebrations

Two great Baltimore Summer events coincide over the 4th of July Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Fourth of July Celebrations honoring the Nation's Birthday AND events commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration The Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration takes place Friday, July 4, 2014 from 4pm to 10pm.  Entertainment is provided by Top 40s bands Thunderball at 4pm followed by the U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade at 7pm.  Performances take place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light streets.  The fireworks show, choreographed to festive music, begins at 9:30pm

Grand July 4th Celebration
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

July 4, 2014
Enjoy the Fourth of July with flag talks; cannon-firing; parade through Federal Hill; and a
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
celebration of the nation’s birthday the early-Republic way with toasting, songs and the public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m.

 Baltimore Beach Volleyball holds “Hat Draw” Tournament on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 1pm.  Registration opens at noon on-site.  The tournament takes place at the Inner Harbor’s Rash Field, located on Light Street and Key Highway.  

photo from   Baltimore Beach Volleyball at Rash field

Military Tattoo Ceremonies
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
July 5 and August 2, 2014

Each evening ceremony features a branch of service – Army, Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Precision drill, music and living history make each program unique and memorable.

Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Summer Events and Exhibitions

A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk
American Visionary Art Museum

Through September 2014
A free, outdoor art celebration depicting our nation’s beloved national anthem in an engaging, family-fun and informative format playfully welcomes both visitor feet and wheelchairs into an up-close and personal viewing experience – 520 linear feet of sidewalk transformed into a visually creative interpretation, line by line, of our national anthem.

For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

May 17, 2014 – February 28, 2015
Few people realize that Grace Wisher, a young African American indentured servant in Mary Pickersgill’s household, worked on the flag that became a national symbol. Wisher’s contribution to American history will be honored with this major exhibition that is an investigation into the history and representation of the U.S. flag as an icon. “For Whom It Stands” features more than 75 works of art, artifacts, documents and photographs.

Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty
Maryland Science Center

Beginning June 14, 2014
This IMAX film explores the origins of the War of 1812 – the British torching of Washington, D.C., the White House and Capital and the bombardment of Fort McHenry.

The Star-Spangled Banner. A Patriotic Song.
Maryland Historical Society

The Maryland Historical Society is home to the oldest known surviving manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Along with this national icon, the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery showcases paintings and artifacts that tell the story of the brave defenders of Baltimore who fought to protect our country from the British. Currently on view is “The Star-Spangled Banner. A Patriotic Song.” Published by Carr Music Store in Baltimore in 1814, it is one of the few remaining copies of the first edition of the poem set to music we know as our national anthem.

“O” Say Can You See: The Star Spangled Banner in Sports
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

Babe Ruth Birthplace MuseumThe Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum features a 3-D film that reveals the genesis of our national anthem being played at sporting events throughout America. The song has a sporting origin dating back to the first game of the 1918 baseball World Series. The short film, screened on an exciting, new projection technology, also celebrates the anthem’s place in sports by featuring a composite playing of the song pulled from dozens of renditions dating from the 1930s to the present.

So much to do and see why not make stay over and experience Baltimore's "Star Spangled Loop" and enjoy all of the 4th of July Weekend and the Star Spangled Summer Festivities.

Your Star Spangled Loop begins at

Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown Convention Center

550 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore,  Maryland,  21230
TEL: 1-410-685-5000 

Where you can enjoy a among a selection of overnight Baltimore packages that include:
  • Bonus Hhonor Points
  • Discount Admission to Babe Ruth Museum
  • Free Buffet Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet Access
  • And Much More!

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Baltimore's Star Spangled Loop