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photo of soldier with gunsmokeJordan Fish
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the defense of Baltimore and the writing of our national anthem. Whether you’re a huge history buff, or you’re not entirely sure what year the War of 1812 started, there are great events occurring over the next two weeks in Baltimore County. Make sure you get out to some or all of these unique happenings, and celebrate your patriotism and Maryland pride!

Defenders Day – Battle of North Point

Baltimore County’s Battle of North Point is a prominent part of American history. Marking the battle, the Defenders Day event on September 6 and 7 takes place at Fort Howard Park in Baltimore County on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. This commemorative event and reenactment “kicks off” Maryland’s Star-Spangled Spectacular week.

The Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion are pleased to offer free parking and free admission to the event. On Monday, September 8, a fireworks display will be held on the grounds of Sparrows Point High School.

The 200th March of the Defenders

This year is not only the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner and the Battles of North Point and Baltimore; it is also the 200th anniversary of the 1-175th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland National Guard (MDNG).

Commemorating the occasion, 500 uniformed MDNG men and women will march the 6-mile route that the Maryland Militia marched 200 years ago to defend Baltimore and the nation from the British invasion. On Thursday, September 11, Governor Martin O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will send off the troops from Patterson Park and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will greet them at Battle Acre. More details about this event can be found on the Star-Spangled 200 website  {Web page may take a minute to load.}

The Star-Spangled Festival at Martin State Airport

Martin State Airport is opening its doors for two full days of festivities from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Festival offers local Maryland foods and crafts, Blue Angels souvenirs, music, the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum, and static aircraft displays. History booths and demos tell the story of the U.S. Navy, aviation, and the War of 1812. Parking is free with shuttles running from parking areas to the festival all day.

Please Note: The Blue Angels’ air show will NOT be seen at the Martin State Airport Festival – the show will be performed over Fort McHenry in Baltimore City. Visitors to the Festival at Martin State can see the Blue Angels take-off (approximately 1:30 p.m.) and land (approximately 4 p.m.) only. Please also review the bag and security policies before arriving at the Festival. {Web page may take a minute to load.}

photo of Redcoats in reenactmentPaul Rosenberger
Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum, Inc.

Defenders Day Features Walking Tours

Take a walking tour at Fort Howard Park during Defenders Day celebrations September 7 & 8, and learn about how the area has more history than the Battle of North Point!

Dundalk Historical Society volunteer Ray Scott will explain how Fort Howard is also historically significant for reasons other than the British landing in 1814. From 1898 until 1927, this property was an Endicott Period Coast Artillery installation that housed as many as 18 huge artillery guns purposed to protect Baltimore from attack by enemy naval vessels attempting to enter the Patapsco River.

The weapons at Fort Howard included two 12-inch disappearing rifles and eight 12-inch mortars. All of those guns could rain massive, 1000-pound explosive shells on any spot in the Chesapeake or the Patapsco within a 10-mile radius of North Point.

Walking tours of Fort Howard's old coast artillery gun emplacements are scheduled for 11 AM and 2 PM each day. The tours will begin at the Fort Howard History tent next to Battery Stricker. 

Dundalk Historical Website Features Complete Defenders Day Info

The Dundalk Historical Society and Museum, Inc., has launched its new website – – to publicize Defenders Day 2013 events, reach a wider audience and make everyone aware of just how much the Society can offer the community. Defenders Day 2013 is featured prominently on the new site. Find the complete schedule and more information at

One of the biggest priorities of the site is to gather email addresses for a mailing list. You can register by accessing the Contact form on the Support page of the website or through the Society’s official Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” the page).

Defenders Day Isn’t Over When It’s Over

Once Defender’s Day 2013 observances end, other events will lead up to the bicentennial celebration. There will be a special event in Dundalk at 7 PM on Thursday, Oct. 17, when the U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band performs at the Dundalk Middle community auditorium on Dunmanway. Admission and parking are free.

The event is presented in partnership with the Baltimore County Office of Promotion and Tourism and the Star Spangled 200 Committee. For more information about the Defenders Day celebration, call the Historical Society at (410)284-2331, or visit

Canadians Represent the British at Defenders Day 2013

Almost 200 years after the British invaded the North Point peninsula, new arrivals will take their place in an attempt to do the same. Dozens of re-enactors from Ontario, Canada, will stand in for British forces during the 199th anniversary celebration of Defenders Day, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, at Fort Howard Park.

This year, Defenders Day events will expand to two days in anticipation of next year’s bicentennial celebration. There will be lots of activity over the weekend at Fort Howard Park, highlighted by about 90 re-enactors who will do battle twice on Saturday and once on Sunday.

“We’ve enhanced the whole event from top to bottom,” said Harry Young, who has chaired the event for the last nine years. “We’ll have three battle re-enactments, more volunteers and more sponsors than ever before.”


Revised April 6, 2016