Baltimore unveils plans for national anthem's bicentennial

BALTIMORE - Some are already calling it the country's top tourism event of the year, and it is right here in Baltimore.

Friday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake unveiled the city's plans for the 200th anniversary of the writing of the national anthem.

There will be three months of historic events and celebrations from Flag Day in June through Defender's Day on Sept. 14.

The mayor says residents will play a role in celebrating the bicentennial by joining in a nationwide singing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and by adding some touches here closer to home.

"There are so many things that Baltimoreans can do ourselves to add to the flavor of the activities.  So we are encouraging people to plant red, white and blue patriotic gardens in the spring and the summer," Rawlings-Blake said.

Baltimoreans also are encouraged to fly flags at their homes this summer.

As part of the festivities, there are plans for the greatest fireworks display ever seen in the city.

Click here for more information on the planned festivities this summer in Baltimore


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