Archive for June, 2012

Celebrate Dad with a “Sailabration!”

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

What better way to celebrate dad for Father’s Day this weekend than a parade of ships, tours, concerts, and fireworks?

Make the 1840s Carrollton Inn or Gramercy Mansion your home base for exploration as Baltimore kicks off  the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Some highlights not to be missed…

Wednesday, June 13th

U.S. Navy Elite Parachutists “Leap Frogs” fly through the air at Clifton Park Mansion at 12 p.m. (events from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and land in Patterson Park at 6 p.m. (events from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

Thursday, June 14th (Flag Day!)

Welcome Ceremonies by Mayor Rawlings-Blake (concert at 10:30 a.m., ceremony from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Harborplace Amphitheatre).

Free public ship tours and Sailabration Festival Villages (11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday – Sunday, Inner Harbor & Fells Point)

200 Years of the Star-Spangled Banner ~ Three threads of the orginal Star-Spangled Banner will be sewn into the National 9/11 flag to honor the legacy of two of America’s greatest icons:  The Star-Spangled Banner and the Anthem. (2 – 3 p.m., Star-Spangled Banner Flag House)

Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th

Star-Spangled Aircraft Display & Festival at Martin State Airport (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Star-Spangled Air Show featuring the Blue Angels (Saturday & Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Monday, June 18th

200th Anniversary Ceremony:  From Enemies to Allies ~ Anniversary of the Declaration of War on Great Britain.  The ceremony will launch the international bicentennial commemoration and will include remarks and performances from the United States, Great Britain and Canada.  (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine)

Tuesday, June 19th

Parade of Sail Departure – Navy Warships (7 a.m. – 11 a.m.), Tall Ships (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

For a complete schedule of events for the Star-Spangled Sailabration, visit