County Executive


Prince George's County, Maryland

TOMORROW: Undaunted Festival: Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg


For Immediate Release: 8/22/2014 7:25 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson, Deputy Manager of Communications, Press Secretary; (240) 619-9400

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Governor Martin O’Malley joins County Executive Baker and other local leaders, historians, residents, and visitors to dedicate new monument in honor of this battle, all day free family friendly festivities including battle re-enactments, food, music, and fireworks. 

Upper Marlboro, MD – This weekend, Prince George’s County is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg.  Governor Martin O’Malley will join County Executive Rushern L. Baker, local leaders, historians, residents and visitors to dedicate new monument in honor of this battle and feature all day free family friendly festivities including battle re-enactments, food, music, and fireworks.  For a full schedule of events this weekend please click here.  

During the summer of 1814, British ships and soldiers invaded the region, created slave revolts, burned down towns and villages, and ultimately marched on our nation’s young capital by defeating a militia at the Battle of Bladensburg on August 24, 1814 that led to the eventual burning of the White House and U.S. Capitol.  Three weeks later on September 12-15, 1814, the nation made a triumphant stand against the British at the Battle of Baltimore that was forever enshrined in our country’s history through the words of Francis Scott Key’s Star Spangled Banner – which later became our national anthem.  

“Prince George’s County and Prince Georgians played a significant role during this invasion from the British,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, who was a history major at Howard University. “Throughout the County, Prince Georgians fought a guerilla war against the British and as the experienced British army marched on the nation’s capital, citizens of this County banded a militia together and made the best stand they could at the Battle of Bladensburg. Over the last two years a small group of local citizens, historians, community advocates, non-profits, and the private industry worked along with municipalities, the Prince George’s County government, the National Park Service, the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland to provide educational and fun family friendly experiences.  As excited as I am to share our history to the world, I am equally excited to welcome thousands of visitors to enjoy some of our most vibrant and growing communities in Prince George’s County.”  

Attendees are encouraged to park at the Landover Metro Station and the University of Maryland (Parking Lot 1) where free shuttle bus service will service attendees to the Bladensburg battlefield.  There will be parking available for bicycles only at the Bladensburg Waterfront.  

To read more about Prince George’s County’s significant role during the War of 1812, please read this recent article in The Atlantic, “The Series of Improbable Events That Gave Us 'The Star Spangled Banner.”  For more information and up to date information/details and logistics of Prince George’s County events, please visit http://www.princegeorges1812.org.  To learn more about War of 1812 events throughout the State of Maryland, please visit http://www.starspangled200.com/ and in the District of Columbia at http://www.dcwarof1812.org.

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