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Fort McHenry reopens today after government shutdown comes to end

Jesse Horn of Locust Point, with his basset hound puppy, Buford, is glad that Fort McHenry has reopened. Today is the first day that the fort has been open since the government shutdown.
Jesse Horn of Locust Point, with his basset hound puppy, Buford, is glad that Fort McHenry has reopened. Today is the first day that the fort has been open since the government shutdown. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Park rangers opened the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on Sunday to visitors as the 35-day partial government shutdown came to an end Friday. The gates to the park at 2400 E. Fort Ave. were unlocked at their normal time, 9 a.m.

The National Park Service said it was working on reopening all of its parks as quickly as possible, but some parks may not open immediately depending on their staff size and complexity, according to an Associated Press report.

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Washington’s Smithsonian museums and National Zoo planned to reopen to the public on Tuesday.

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