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Businesses anticipating major tourism boost from Star-Spangled Spectacular
Businesses anticipating major tourism boost from Star-Spangled Spectacular

As the nation's eyes turn to Baltimore for the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 next week, city leaders hope to capitalize on what one official called "the largest tourism event in our city's history" and the chance to showcase the city in three live national television broadcasts. More than a million people are expected to descend on the city for the Star-Spangled Spectacular, which begins Wednesday and culminates with the 200th anniversary of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sept. 14. Along with tall ships and Blue Angels flyovers, events will include the state's largest-ever fireworks show, a concert featuring acts such as...