Dozens of ships from Maryland and seven other states,along with vessels from the United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey will be participating. They will be berthed at or near the Inner Harbor. Scheduled to arrive on Sept. 10 and depart six days later, they will be open for the public to visit Sept. 11-15.
A special Sept.11 ceremony is planned for Fort McHenry, at which the national 9/11 flag, which flew above the wreckage at Ground Zero in New York, will be on display — along with a piece of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry and the original manuscript of Key’s poem.
As part of the commemoration of the Battle of Baltimore and bombardment of Fort McHenry, former Secretary of State Colin Powell visits the fort Sept. 14. He will take part in an early-morning ceremony recalling the moment Francis Scott Key saw a giant flag flying over the fort and was inspired to write the poem that would become “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly over on September 13 and 14th from 2 to 4 pm A 90 foot high Ferris wheel lit in Red, White and Blue, numerous concert performances at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater are planned.