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Defenders Day – Battle of North Point

September 6, 7 and 8

County Executive Kamenetz leads reenactors during the Defenders Day event.

Baltimore County’s Battle of North Point is a prominent part of American history. Marking the battle, the Defenders Day event on September 6 and 7 takes place at Fort Howard Park in Baltimore County on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. This commemorative event and reenactment “kicks-off” the State’s Star-Spangled Spectacular week.

The Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion are pleased to offer free parking and free admittance to the event. On Monday, September 8, a fireworks display will be held on the grounds of Sparrows Point High School.

The 200th March of the Defenders

September 11

Emblem for the 1-175th Infantry Regiment.

This year is not only the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner and the Battles of North Point and Baltimore, it is also the 200th anniversary of the 1-175th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland National Guard (MDNG).

Commemorating the occasion, 500 uniformed MDNG men and women will march the 6-mile route that the Maryland Militia marched 200 years ago to defend Baltimore and the nation from the British invasion. On Thursday, September 11, beginning at 10 a.m., Governor Martin O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will send-off the troops from Patterson Park and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will greet them at Battle Acre at approximately 12:30 p.m. More details about this event can be found on the Star-Spangled 200 website.

The Star-Spangled Festival at Martin State Airport

Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14

The Blue Angels flying in formation during an air show.

Martin State Airport is opening its doors for two full days of festivities from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Festival offers local Maryland foods and crafts, Blue Angels souvenirs, music, the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum, and static aircraft displays. History booths and demos tell the story of the U.S. Navy, aviation, and the War of 1812. Parking is free with shuttles running from parking areas to the festival all day.

Please Note: The Blue Angels’ air show will NOT be seen at the Martin State Airport Festival – the show will be performed over Fort McHenry in Baltimore City. Visitors to the Festival at Martin State can see the Blue Angels take-off (approximately 1:30 p.m.) and land (approximately 4 p.m.) only. Please also review the bag and security policies before arriving at the Festival.

Upcoming Events



Discover Space at BCPL Week 4

Discover Space is a three-part, interactive learning exhibit presented by the Space Science Institute. Discover Space is one exhibit with three sections: Visions of the Universe, Space Rocks: Asteroids and Comets and Planet Families Touch Table. 

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The Well Designed Photograph with Rob Cardillo

Find out how professional garden photographer Rob Cardillo uses simple design principles to add depth and personality to his prize winning images.  Whether you shoot with an iphone or a DSLR, you'll learn new ways to craft compelling images of your own.

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Mermaid's Kiss Oyster Fest

Come "Kiss the Sea" at the Oyster Recovery Partnership's annual fundraiser! Live music, waterfront views, oysters, hors d'oeurves, drinks and fun!

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Oregon Ridge Honey Harvest

Got honey? Honey lovers and beekeepers will be making a beeline for Oregon Ridge Nature Center to celebrate all things to do with honey and bees.

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Canoe and Kayak Tour

Bring your own canoe or kayak for a ranger-led paddle around Lake Roland. Explore the length of the lake looking for wildlife and learning about the history of Baltimore’s first public reservoir.

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