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Events outlined for Star-Spangled Summer

Two centuries after Francis Scott Key sat on a ship amid smoke and explosions, peering to discern the famed Star-Spangled Banner on the Baltimore shore, the city will celebrate the anniversary with similar sound and fury. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Tuesday announced the schedule of events for Star-Spangled Summer, the sprawling, noisy, multimillion-dollar celebration the city plans to host through September to commemorate the 200th birthday of the national anthem. The gala — which is to include re-enactments, air shows, exhibitions and fireworks — marks not only Key's writing of the poem in September 1814, but a broader historic moment in which Baltimoreans...

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