Baltimore takes center stage

The Blue Angels fly over Fort McHenry.

The Blue Angels fly over Fort McHenry as part of the Star Spangled Spectacular.

Fireworks over Fort McHenry, one of four fireworks displays Sept. 13.

Fireworks over Fort McHenry, one of four fireworks displays Sept. 13.

The party’s over but the memories of the Star Spangled Spectacular linger on. The Battle of Baltimore and our national anthem’s bicentennial has been properly feted with fireworks, music, Tall Ships, Blue Angels and naval ships. More than a million party-goers stopped by, joining in the celebration that stretched from the Inner Harbor to Fells Point to Locust Point to Fort McHenry.

I live for this stuff and spent long hours at the celebrations, including two shifts as a volunteer. I met all kinds of people from all around the country, even a in a beautifully tailored green and black uniform of the Glengarry Light Infantry. As a lifelong Baltimorean, I was thrilled to see Charm City looking so beautiful at such a proud moment.

It was a great party. I hope everybody comes back soon. In the meantime, a look back at some wonderful moments during the Star Spangled Spectacular held Sept. 10-16, 2014.

There were tall ships and the gray hulls of American, British, Canadian and Turkish navies —

Fort McHenry was the center of much of the celebrations — the U.S. Navy’s precision jets, the Blue Angels, flag ceremonies, a grand concert and fireworks.


© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman
with photos of fireworks over Fort McHenry
and ships sailing into the harbor by Ray Truitt