BALTIMORE - Baltimore City tourism officials expected tens of thousands to attend a seven day Sailabration event beginning Wednesday for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and birthplace of "The Star Spangled Banner."
The city has been preparing for the event for the past two years as thousands get ready to be entertained and informed as to what took place in June of 1812 at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
Tall ships will be arriving Wednesday for the start of the festivities.
Ft. McHenry saw the British fleet launch dozens of shells in September 1814 at the fort. It led influenced Francis Scott Key's writing of the "Star Spangled Banner" in September of that year, a poem that became the U.S. national anthem in 1931.
The National Park Service knew this bi-centennial was going to be a huge event and made sure the $15 million visitors center was complete in March of last year.
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- Free tours of ships from 11 to 6 p.m. (Inner Harbor and Fells Point)
- Tours in Locust Point from 1- 5 p.m.