Sunday, September 14, 2014

Baltimore's Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks show

This week Baltimore has been celebrating the 200th birthday of  the  Star Spangled Banner

and it's been an amazing celebration.

On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort 

McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The 

bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked 

 Washington, D.C., burning the Capitol, the Treasury and the President's house. It was another 

chapter in the ongoing War of 1812.
A week earlier, Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old American lawyer, had boarded the flagship of the 

 British fleet on the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of persuading the British to release a friend who had 

recently been arrested. Key's tactics were successful, but because he and his companions had gained 

knowledge of the impending attack on Baltimore, the British did not let them go. They allowed the 

Americans to return to their own vessel but continued guarding them. Under their scrutiny, Key 

watched on September 13 as the barrage of Fort McHenry began eight miles away.

The hours passed slowly, but in the clearing smoke of "the dawn's early light" on September 14, he 

saw the American flag—not the British Union Jack—flying over the fort, announcing an American 


Key put his thoughts on paper while still on board the ship, setting his words to the tune of a popular 

English song. and within weeks, Key's poem, now called "The Star-Spangled Banner," appeared in 

print across the country, immortalizing his words—and forever naming the flag it celebrated.

Downtown has been packed full of people wanting to see Fort Mchenry,  a glimpse of the navy's blue angels

or tour the many fleets of tall ships.

Last night,

The harbor looked like a parking lot for boats
as people lined up and anchored in to see the firework festivities.

Lucky for us.. we had an "in" to this great view.

Sit back and enjoy the photos.


I'm still struck by it's awesomeness!  

 Have a great day!  


Jann Olson said...

Wow, some fabulous shots Leslie! Loved learning the entire history of Key. Didn't realize he was being held captive when he wrote that. Maybe I did at one time and just forgot. lol! Can you imagine the glorious sight that was to see our flag instead of the British?

Melinda said...

Very cool. Great pics.
Loved the American flag

Enjoy your Sunday.

M : )

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

What a great celebration to be a part of. Love the reminder of where the song came from!

Pam said...

Lucky you for seeing it in person!

I watched it on TV and thought it was great. I loved the history lesson along with the music and it makes me proud to be an American!

Earlene L. said...

WOW!!!!! Wish I could have seen that in person. Beautiful

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very, very cool! And you had the best seat in the house:@)

Bmore Bungalow said...

How cool! I really regret not checking it out. Your pics are fabulous. I'm also LOVING your blog makeover!

Marissa said...

So cool!

Madelief said...

Spectacular fireworks Leslie. You captured it wonderfully!

Happy week,

Madelief x

Gloria said...

Beautiful photos!!! Looks like you had a fun celebration. Happy week to you...:)

Brandi said...

Your photos are beautiful, Leslie! Looks like you guys had a great time out on the water.