The Blue Angels will fly over Baltimore during the National War of 1812 Bicentennial Launch in Baltimore.
The Blue Angels will fly over Baltimore during the National War of 1812 Bicentennial Launch in Baltimore. (SUBMITTED PHOTO, Carroll County Times)

While the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore is still two years away, the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission has several free events planned this year.

The commission is planning a multi-year cultural tourism and educational initiative to commemorate Maryland's contributions to the War of 1812.

Waverly Main Street celebrates the War of 1812 Bicentennial

What it is: The day begins with a short walk past the site of the American Revolutionary army barracks. Main Street delegates from around the country will be in town for a National Main Street Conference and will be among the guests.

When: 10 a.m. April 1

Where: Waverly Main Street, 3009 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore

Information: 410-779-3807 or http://www.waverlymainstreet.net/events.html

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Fighting for Freedom

What it is: This production includes three scenes about the beginning of the War of 1812 and is being performed in collaboration with the Maryland Historical Society, the Baltimore School for the Arts and the National Park Service.

When: 2 p.m. April 21, 10 a.m. April 23-24 and 6 p.m. April 27

Where: April 21, 23 and 24 shows: Fort McHenry Monument and National Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore. April 27 show: Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore

Star-Spangled Sailabration

What it is: This will serve as the official launch of the War of 1812 bicentennial. The maritime and air festival is a weeklong event with dozens of tall ships, naval war ships, unveling of public art and an air show featuring the Blue Angels flying over Baltimore.

When: June 13-19

Where: Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Blue Angels will be based at Martin State Airport in Baltimore County

Information: http://www.starspangled200.com

Battle of Bladensburg Encampment

What it is: See British and American War of 1812 reenactors as they prepare for the battle.

When: Aug. 13

Where: Riverdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park

Information: 301-864-0420 or http://www.pgparks.com

Star-Spangled Banner Weekend

What it is: The weekend event honors Defenders' Day, Baltimore's oldest holiday commemorating the bombardment of Fort McHenry. The event will feature children's programs, historic boats, military encampments and demonstrations.

When: Sept. 9-11

Where: Fort McHenry Monument and National Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore.

Information: http://www.visitmaryland.org

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