Defender's Day weekend celebration invades Fort Howard

Events set for Saturday and Sunday, with Monday fireworks capping 200th anniversary celebration

September 05, 2014

The Maryland National Guard will join with the Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society Museum and 12 other organizations presenting events at the Battle of North Point Bicentennial on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7, at Fort Howard Park, 9500 North Point Road, Edgemere.

Defenders Day marks the British land assault on Sept. 12, 1814 when British forces attempted to push on to Ft. McHenry in the War of 1812.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will welcome visitors, reenactors, and elected officials at opening ceremonies.

Harry Young, chairman of the Defender's Day event, said National Guard units are expected to bring military equipment to be set up outside the re-enactment area so people attending can look inside.

The celebration of the 200th anniversary will include two battle re-enactments at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with re-enactors including groups from Ontario, Canada, and individuals from Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia.

A third day's celebration will be held Monday, Sept. 8, on the grounds of Sparrows Point High School. The Monday event will include a concert by the Chorus of the Chesapeake, followed by fireworks. The event starts at 7 p.m.

The events are free to the public, including free parking.

Sponsors of the event include the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society, the Star-Spangled Banner 200 Partnership, and the Baltimore County Office of Tourism.

Defender's Day Celebration

Saturday

Fort Howard Park:

10 am - Troop assembly and flag raising & national anthem.

10:15 am - Military camps open with music & drill demos.

10:30 am - Music & craft demos, with children's games, displays

11 am – Junior. Militia induction and drill

11 am - Performance of Women's Voices - The Battle of North Point by Sky's The Limit players.

12 pm - Music of 1812 by David Hildebrand Colonial Music Institute).

12:30 pm - Welcome ceremony with local dignitaries.

1:15 pm - Battle of North Point re-enactment.

1:45 pm - Raising of British flag.

2 pm - Music and craft demos, with children's games.

2 pm - Music of 1812 by David Hildebrand.

2:30 pm - Junior Militia induction and drill

3 pm - Performance of Women's Voices - The Battle of North Point by Sky's The Limit players.

3:45 pm - Fife & drum program.

4 pm - Battle of North Point re-enactment.

4:45 pm - Lowering of British flag & raising of American flag.

Sunday

Fort Howard Park:

9:15 am – Inspirational Service with the troops (Salute to 24 who died)

10 am - Troop assembly and flag raising with national anthem.

10:15 am - Military camps open with music & drill demos.

10:30 am - Music and craft demos, with children's games.

11 am - Junior Militia induction and drill

12 pm - Music of 1812 by David Hildebrand.

1:00 pm - Fife and drum program.

1:15 pm - Battle of North Point re-enactment.

1:30 pm - Performance of Women's Voices - The Battle of North Point by Sky's The Limit players.

2:30 pm - Music of 1812 by David Hildebrand.

4:15 pm - Large Battle of North Point re-enactment.

4:45 pm - Troops assemble for final ceremony. Lowering of British flag and raising of American flag, followed by folding of 1812 Flag with volunteer participation.

Monday

Sparrows Point High School:

7 pm – Military drill and activities

8 pm – Concert by Chorus of the Chesapeake

9 p.m. Fireworks

Source: Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society Museum

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