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We’re taking time this week to highlight a huge event that is happening right here in our backyard this week/end: the Star-Spangled Spectacular. This free festival that is celebrating the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem has something for everyone: young & old, locals & tourists. Read on for tips and top reasons to attend this awesome event!


1.     The Blue Angels

The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. They were formed in 1946 and are the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world. They will be performing two air shows, one Saturday and one Sunday. Their aerobatic prowess is sure to impress the kiddos and wow the adults! Read more about best viewing sites here.

2.     Know Before You Go

There will be more than 1 million people visiting downtown Baltimore during the festival, so some strict rules will be in place to keep everyone safe throughout the duration of the event. Most importantly, think about transportation downtown, as well as between neighborhoods as you experience all the festival has to offer. There is also a strict bag policy in place, that has been implemented due to the large scale of this event. Read more about the bag policy, and transportation options here.

3.     The Music

Here at the Pedal Mill, we know music can make or break an outing, and the music that is planned for the Star-Spangled Spectacular is surely not going to disappoint. There are two awesome concerts planned for Saturday evening, one at Fort McHenry and one at Pier Six Pavilion.

Help celebrate the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the spot where it all began. The United States Marine Band “The President’s Own”, The Morgan State University Choir, and others, will be performing at this free concert at Fort McHenry.

Across the pond at Pier Six Pavilion, join John Lithgow, Jordin Sparks, Kristin Chenoweth, Pentatonix, Train and more, as they help celebrate the bicentennial. This concert will be live broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances series. Get your tickets here (or watch it on TV).

4.     Fireworks

Who doesn’t love fireworks? This fireworks display is sure to put any other show you’ve seen to shame, as six barges will stretch three miles from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry. The 20-minute show will be choreographed to an amazing musical score. Bombs will be bursting. Rockets will be glaring. Twilights will be gleaming. Don’t miss it.