See Our Star-Spangled Banner Replica!

See Our Star-Spangled Banner Replica Around Maryland!

Dawns Early Light
The Star-Spangled Banner Replica flying at Fort McHenry 'At Dawn's Early Light,' September 14, 2014, courtesy Tim Ervin

Our replica Star-Spangled Banner flag accurately represents the 30 x 42-foot banner that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Made entirely by hand, bearing fifteen stars and fifteen stripes, the replica Star-Spangled Banner flag was created by over 200 'stitchers' and more than 1,000 volunteers at the Maryland Historical Society in the summer of 2013, using authentic fabric and hand stitching techniques - just like Mary Pickersgill did in the summer of 1813.

The flag was seen at the Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day festivities. In March, it was proudly carried aboard the Pride of Baltimore II to Annapolis for Maryland Day celebrations with The Fort McHenry Guard, and, most recently, it flew at Fort McHenry At 'Dawn's Early Light,' 200 years to the exact moment that Key saw it and was inspired to write our National Anthem.

This month, the Star-Spangled Banner Replica will be visiting the Western parts of Maryland!

October Star-Spangled Banner Replica Appearances
Tuesday October 7th 9 AM-4 PM
Wednesday, October 8th 9 AM-12 PM
Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

The flag will also be on display during the Fighting Owls volleyball match on October 7 at 6 PM. The flag is being taken to each county of Maryland as part of the "Stitching History" series being conducted by the Maryland Historical Society in partnership with Fort McHenry and others. This event is open to the general public.

Harford Community College, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Society, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Pride of Baltimore, and the National Constitution Center, will also present an 1812 field trip day at the College for fourth grade students in Harford and Cecil County schools on October 6. Participating schools include Churchville Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Fountain Green Elementary, Meadowvale Elementary, Mountain Christian School, William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary, and Helping Hands Christian Academy. 
Thursday, October 9
The Historic Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740

Learn about Hagerstown's historic connection to the Star-Spangled Banner! Did you know John Gruber, founder of The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, and Daniel May, his partner and son-and-law, were the very first printers to print the song under the title 'Defence of Fort M'Henry' in 1814? It appeared in 'The National Songster,' Hagerstown Maryland.

In honor of Hagerstown's contribution to our National Anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner Replica will be displayed in the historic Maryland Theatre from 4-6pm. From 7-7:30 pm there will be a ticketed program including fife and drum music from the Fort McHenry Guard and a keynote presentation from Fort McHenry Chief of Interpretation, Vince Vaise. A wayside commemorating the historic events will also be dedicated.