It’s a Star-Spangled Summer: Calendar

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A romantic depiction of Francis Scott Key at the dawn's early light, seeing the Star-Spangled Banner still waving at Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor on the morning of Sept. 14, 1814. | Maryland Historical Society

From Georgetown and Washington, D.C., to Baltimore and Fort McHenry, it is a star-spangled summer with events and activities to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Burning of Washington, the Battle of Baltimore (Fort McHenry), the Star-Spangled Banner flag itself and the writing of what would become America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by Georgetowner Francis Scott Key.

June 10, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., War of 1812 Commemoration Concert
— Enjoy early 19th century music by Friday Morning Music Club in the Belle Vue Room of Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW. Admission is free. For details, call 202-337-2288.

June 14, Saturday, “Raise it Up” Flag Day Kick-Off
— Celebrate the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner” on the National Mall with live musical performances.

Saturday, June 14, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Symposium on Outcomes of the War of 1812
— This symposium will focus on the war’s significant lasting effects on American history. Held at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Tickets are $40. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

June 14, Flag Day, to July 6, Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner” Manuscript on View With the Star-Spangled Banner Flag.
— For the first time, Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript will be on display alongside the flag that inspired our national anthem. The two pieces will be at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. For more details, call 202-633-1000.

Wednesday to Friday, June 18 to 20, 7 p.m., Picnic Theatre Company performs “The New York Idea”
— A summer garden performance of Langdon Mitchell’s masterpiece at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW. Tickets are $12 ($15 at door). For details, call 202-337-2288.

June 19, Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m., “The U.S. Navy during the War of 1812”
— Professor of history William M. Fowler, Jr., will discuss the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812 at the Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW. For more details, call 202-785-2040.

Sunday, June 22, 1 to 3 p.m., Ice Cream Sunday at Dumbarton House
— Guests make their own ice cream, sample an ice cream flavor from the Federal period, and tour the museum in the Dumbarton House North Garden, 2715 Q St., NW. Tickets are $8. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

Wednesday, June 25, Outdoor Film Festival
— At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW. Rain date is July 2. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

Thursday, June 26, noon, Author’s Talk: “What So Proudly We Hailed”
— Historian Marc Leepson will discuss his new biography, “What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life.” National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

Sunday, June 29, 3 p.m., DC Jazz Fest 2014: Bohemian Cavern Jazz Orchestra
— A night of classic jazz to honor the opening of the Dumbarton House as a museum in the Dumbarton North Garden, 2715 Q St., NW. Tickets are $12. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

Wednesday, July 2, 6 to 7 p.m., Music of the War of 1812 in America
— Celebrate the War of 1812 with music honoring the war’s heroes at the Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW. For more details, call 202-785-2040.

Friday, July 4, Fourth of July Celebration on the National Mall
— Celebrate our nation’s freedom as the National Park Service illuminates the sky with a fireworks display.

Wednesday, July 9, Outdoor Film Festival
— At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW. Rain date is July 16. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

Friday, July 11, 7 p.m., Evening of Jazz with the International Club of D.C.
— Jazz, dancing, and food in the Dumbarton House North Garden, 2715 Q St., NW. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

Thursday, July 17, 6 to 8 p.m., Author’s Talk: “What So Proudly We Hailed”
— Historian Marc Leepson will discuss his new biography, “What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life.” Held at the Anderson House at 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW. For more details, call 202-785-2040.

Wednesday, July 23, Outdoor Film Festival
— At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW. Rain date is July 30. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

Wednesday, July 23, “Muster the Militias” War of 1812 Bicentennial Open House Weekend
— Walking tours and a Children’s tea & talk by American Girl author Valerie Tripp at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW. Admission is free. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

Friday, July 25, 4 to 4:30 p.m., Flag Folding at the National Museum of American History
— See the original Star-Spangled Banner and participate in folding a full-size replica in Flag Hall of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW. For more details, visit www.anthemforamerica.si.edu.

Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 23 to 24, 1 to 4 p.m., War of 1812 Family Festival & Dolley Day
— Walking tours, ice cream making, Dolley Cake, Federal period games, and crafts at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW. Tickets are $10. For more details, call 202-337-2288.

Aug. 23 to 24, Saturday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Battle of Bladensburg Commemoration and Monument Unveiling.
— A day-long festival of events including a reenactment, musical performances, children’s village, Food Truck Rally, and fireworks at Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, Md., following the unveiling of the new Battle of Bladensburg Monument. Admission is free. For more detail, call 301-887-0777.

Aug. 24, Sunday, 8 a.m., 200th Anniversary of the Burning of Washington
— Commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British invasion of D.C. with a 5K run at the Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St., SE, as well as the Georgetown Family Festival and Yards Park Beer Festival, sponsored by On Tap Magazine. For more details, visit www.anthemforamerica.si.edu.

Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 30 to 31, Alexandria, Va., War of 1812 Commemorative Weekend
— The weekend festivities will include a yacht race, cricket match, tug of war game, boat tours, military and naval exhibits and performances. Admission is free. For more details, call 703-652-5367.

Wednesday to Thursday, Sept. 3 to 4, America Under Fire Symposium
— The symposium will feature renowned scholars of the War of 1812, followed by a commemorative dinner and reception at the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, 1610 H St., NW. For more details, call 202-218-4307 or visit www.whitehousehistory.org.

Sept. 6 to 8 — Battle of North Point Commemoration (Baltimore County)
— Honor the Battle of North Point at Fort Howard Park, 9500 North Point Road, Edgemere, Md. Admission is free. For details, visit DundalkHistory.org.

Sept. 9 — Young Defenders’ Day at Fort McHenry
— Participate in a living American flag at Fort McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave., to honor the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. For details, call 410-962-4290, x850.

Sept. 10 to 16 — Star-Spangled Spectacular
— Celebrate the bicentennial of our national anthem at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with living history demonstrations, musical performances and a fireworks display. For details, call 1-800-266-5699, or visit StarSpangled200.com.

Sept. 12 — Defender’s Day Observance
— Enjoy Navy ship tours and the Star-Spangled air show practice from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call 1-800-266-5699.

Sept. 13 — Public Ship Tours
— View the Star-Spangled Spectacular Aircraft Display and Festival at Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, MD, followed by an air show featuring the Blue Angels, concert and fireworks display. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For details, call 1-800-266-5699.

Sept. 14 — “By Dawn’s Early Light”: Flag Raising at Ft. McHenry
— Celebrate the 200th birthday of our national anthem with a flag raising ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic shrine, featuring Governor Martin O’Malley. Following the ceremony, enjoy Navy ship tours, air shows and live musical performances. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For details, call 1-800-266-5699, or visit StarSpangled200.com.

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