Launch Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Chesapeake Campaign and Cut Ribbon for Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and Anacostia Water Trail
UPPER MARLBORO, MD - Tomorrow, Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III will join Governor Martin O’Malley, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission Vice Chair Elizabeth Hewlett, National Park Service Deputy Director Christy Goldfuss, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Executive Director Bill Pencek, and Anacostia Watershed Society President Jim Foster to officially launch the Star-Spangled Summer in Maryland at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park and cut the ribbon for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and Anacostia Water Trail. This event will highlight numerous outdoor family-friendly activities occurring in Maryland towns along the Chesapeake Bay this summer. The State will also release its official War of 1812 trail maps, historic guide, and “Star Spangled 200” mobile app.
There will be several major weekend festivals to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the significant battles that took place in towns throughout the State of Maryland. These activities are expected to drive visitation to these towns and generate economic activity, beginning with Raiders and Invaders (Leonardtown, June 6-8), events continue with the Battle of St. Leonard Creek (St. Leonard, June 21-22); the Battle of Bladensburg (Bladensburg, August 23-24); the Battle of Caulk’s Field (Fairlee, August 30-31); US Capital for the Day (Brookeville, August 30-31); and the Battle of North Point (North Point, September 6-8). The festivals will feature living history demonstrations, Chesapeake food and beverages, hands-on educational opportunities and interactive family fun. Last year’s Chesapeake Campaign festivals drew more than 70,000 visitors. Maryland’s Star-Spangled Summer continues through September when the nation will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem during Star-Spangled Spectacular, September 10-16 in Baltimore.
Launch of Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812, Chesapeake Campaign Ribbon Cutting for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and Anacostia Water Trail
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
Governor Martin O’Malley
Congresswoman Donna Edwards
Christy Goldfuss, Deputy Director - Congressional and External Relations, National Park Service
Elizabeth Hewlett, Vice Chair, Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Bill Pencek, Executive Director, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
Jim Foster, Anacostia Watershed Society
Thursday, June 5, 2013, 10:00 AM
Bladensburg Waterfront Park,
4601 Annapolis Road