Monday, May 15, 2006

Flag Day Events

June 14 is Flag Day and there is no better place to celebrate it than Fort McHenry. Fort McHenry's summer hours (June 3 through September 4, 2006) are 8am-8pm for the park and 8am-7:45pm for the star fort.

From the special events calendar (http://www.nps.gov/fomc/pphtml/eventdetail21350.html)
Fort McHenry Guard - Defenders Return to the Fort
Summer Weekends - Beginning June 3-4, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Experience the daily life of the War of 1812 soldier, sailor and citizen through presentations by the Fort McHenry Guard. Dressed in replica clothing of the early Nineteenth Century, the Guard conducts drills, barracks activities, artillery and musket firing demonstrations, civilian activities, and children's programs.

Flag Day - Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.
An event sponsored by the National Flag Day Foundation to foster patriotism. This annual event encourages citizens all over the United States to pause at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and say the Pledge of Allegiance. A concert of patriotic music and fireworks follows.
Unfortunately, this park now has an entry fee:
Individual - Adult (16 or older)
Fees: $5.00 - 7 Days
Details: Entrance fee to the historic fort is $5.00 for adults 16 and over. Children 15 and under are admitted free of charge.

Update: Perhaps it's a good idea to mention what Flag Day is? It commemorates the resolution in the Continental Congress, June 14, 1777:
Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.
See the page in the Journals of the Continental Congress. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation, 1774-1875 from the Library of Congress. The June 14 "Today in History" page from LOC has more.

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