Fort McHenry

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Fort McHenry is a bastion fort situated in Baltimore, USA. The fort was built in the late 18th century. It is known in American History for its role in the War of 1812, when it triumphantly defended Baltimore Harbor from an invasion by the British navy from the Chesapeake Bay on September 13-14, 1814. The fort was also used by the U.S. armed forces through World War I and by the Coast Guard in World War II. It was named a national park in 1925, and in 1939 was redesignated a ‘National Monument and Historic Shrine’. 

During the War of 1812, an American storm flag was flown over Fort McHenry during the attack. It was replaced early on the morning of September 14, 1814, with a larger American garrison flag. The larger flag indicated American victory over the British in the Battle of Baltimore and has given the fort the tag of ‘Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner’.

Getting there

A water taxi runs to the fort from the Inner Harbour area of Baltimore. If travelling by car, onsite parking is available to visitors. The 94 bus stops at the fort.

Opening Times and Admission

The fort is open to visitors daily. Admission is set at 15$ for adults and children enter for free.

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