An international parade of ships will sail into Baltimore on June 13, 2012 to launch Star-Spangled 200, the celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the penning of the National Anthem. More than 40 ships, including U.S. Navy, British and Canadian “grey hulls” and tall ships from around the globe are expected for the Star-Spangled Sailabration 2012 festivities. The week-long commemoration will feature public tours, land-based activities and an air show, featuring the Blue Angels, and information on all the events are listed on the Star-Spangled 200 website.
The website also features history—“As dawn broke on Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key gazed through the haze at Fort McHenry. For 24 hours, the British navy had bombarded the fort. He could finally see the stars and stripes and was inspired to write the poem that was later to become the national anthem”—and it list sites and attractions, special events, a map of the area, as well as providing a free guide.
While the opening events of Star-Spangled 200 are scheduled for June 13-19, the commemoration continues through 2014, with events and exhibitions throughout Baltimore and Maryland, all of which will be listed on the Star-Spangled 200 website. Therefore, for providing information on the War of 1812 and the events commemorating it, the Star-Spangled 200 website is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.