A Star Spangled Sailabration
In honor of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, Baltimore is hosting Star-Spangled Sailabration, an international parade of over 40 tall ships and naval vessels. The event will feature tours of the ships, waterside festivities, an air show featuring the Blue Angels, and the world-premier of “Overture for 2012” composed by Phillip Glass. Star-Spangled Sailabration is the kick off of Star-Spangled 200, a three-year state-wide commemoration beginning June 2012 and running through September 2014.
For the Star-Spangled Sailabration, ships will sail in from all over the world, including Cisne Branco, hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Guayas, a 257-foot tall ship of Ecuador, and Cuauhtémoc, a 270-foot tall ship from Mexico.
This nearly week-long celebration begins Wednesday June 13th when ships begin to arrive throughout the day, and concludes that following Tuesday, June 19th as the ships depart.
Some notable events set throughout the week include:
Thursday, June 14th
Flag Day Celebration
(10am – 4pm) at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
(11am-12pm) at the Inner Harbor
Friday, June 15th
Sailabration Village Open
(11am-9pm) at the Inner Harbor
Saturday, June 16th
Star-Spangled Festival & Aircraft Display
(10am-5pm) at the Martin State Airport
Celebration of the American Flag/ Concerts & Fireworks
(6pm-10pm) at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Sunday, June 17th - Star-Spangled Air Show featuring the Blue Angels
(1pm-4pm) - Best Viewed from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Everyday - Free Public Ship Tours
Various Times & Various Locations
For the full schedule of events, a list of visiting ships and more information, check out the Star-Spangled 200 site.
To reserve parking for the event, go to our custom Star-Spangled Sailabration page & ensure your spot ahead of time!