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” the State’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 admittance to the event. On Monday, September 8, a fireworks display will be held on the grounds of Sparrows Point High School.
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, beginning at 10 a.m., 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 at approximately 12:30 p.m. More details about this event can be found on the Star-Spangled 200 website.
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.
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Unveiling North Point State Park new interpretive exhibits in North Point Visitor Center. Guided Bus Tours from Visitor Center with stops at Veteran's Park, Todd house and Battlefield.
Baltimore County’s Battle of North Point is a prominent part of American history.
The entire family will enjoy this fun-filled day of learning and excitement featuring crafts, hands-on learning stations, educational presentation, sing-a-longs, magic shows, as well as self-guided tours of the Gardens, the Nature Walk, and the new Butterfly House — the first of its kind in the region.
The entire family will enjoy this fun-filled day of learning and excitement featuring crafts, hands-on learning stations, educational presentation, sing-a-longs, magic shows, as well as self-guided tours of the Gardens and Nature Walk.