STAR-SPANGLED SAILABRATION EVENT IN BALTIMORE LAUNCHES NATIONAL BICENTENNIAL OF THE WAR OF 1812
Dozens of International Tall Ships and Navy Warships to Anchor in the Waters Where "The Star-Spangled Banner" Was Penned
BALTIMORE, MD (February 9, 2012) - An international parade of ships will sail into Baltimore on June 13 for Star-Spangled Sailabration, the national launch of the three-year commemoration by the U.S. Navy and the State of Maryland of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the penning of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Star-Spangled Sailabration features seven days of free entertainment including ship tours, a Blue Angels air show, patriotic fireworks, memorial ceremonies and much more.
More than two dozen ships including U.S. Navy, British and Canadian warships and tall ships from countries including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States are expected to flank Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor during Star-Spangled Sailabration. Both the tall ships and naval vessels will offer free, daily tours from June 14 - June 18.
Other highlights of the festival include:
- A Star-Spangled Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17
- The Celebration of the American Flag event at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on Saturday, June 16, complete with fireworks and concerts
- A Star-Spangled Festival at Martin State Airport featuring U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine and U.S. Coast Guard aircraft on display along with autograph opportunities with the Blue Angels pilots on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17
- A concert featuring the premiere of a new symphonic work on Sunday, June 17 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Some of the war's greatest artifacts can be found in Baltimore, with more than 10 sites boasting a direct tie to the War of 1812. The Maryland Historical Society's With Broad Stripes and Bright Stars exhibit focuses on the "Rock Stars" of the War of 1812 and gives visitors a glimpse of the original version of Francis Scott Key's manuscript of "Defence of Fort M'Henry," which would later become our national anthem. The society will open a special new exhibit also dedicated to the "second war of independence" on June 10, just in time for Sailabration.
The festival winds down with the official 200th anniversary of the Declaration of War on Great Britain event and a celebration of two centuries of peace on June 18 followed by the Parade of Sail departure on June 19.
For more information on the event schedule, to reserve a hotel room or to purchase official merchandise, visit www.starspangled200.com. For more information on the national commemoration by the U.S. Navy, visit www.OurFlagWasStillThere.org. For more information about the tall ships 2012 tour, visit www.OpSail.org.
Star-Spangled Sailabration is just the start of Baltimore and the State of Maryland's bicentennial experiences. Over the next three years numerous 1812 experiences will be available to visitors including water and land tours, historical re-enactments, educational symposiums, special exhibitions and ticketing packages. For the latest updates on these events visit www.StarSpangledBaltimore.com.
About Star-Spangled Sailabration, June 13-19, 2012
Star-Spangled Sailabration is the national launch of the War of 1812 bicentennial. An international maritime and air festival in the Baltimore region and the Chesapeake Bay, this week-long event will feature dozens of tall ships and naval warships; unveiling of public art; the premiere of a new symphonic work; and the Star-Spangled Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. To learn more, visit www.starspangled200.com.
Star-Spangled Sailabration is presented by Star-Spangled 200 Inc., the U.S. Navy and Operation Sail Inc. in partnership with the city of Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore County, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Sail Baltimore, and Visit Baltimore. Founding sponsors to date include Papa John's Pizza.
About Star-Spangled 200, Inc.
Star-Spangled 200, Inc. is the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the fundraising goals of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and is charged with helping to ensure the realization of successful programs, events, and community investment during the three-year commemoration period. For more information: visit www.starspangled200.com.
About the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
Established by Governor Martin O'Malley, the commission is staffed by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism Film and the Arts. The bicentennial period runs from June 2012 through February 2015. It commemorates Maryland's unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation, including the pivotal battle that led to an American victory and the birth of "The Star-Spangled Banner." For more information: visit www.starspangled200.org.