What better way to show off your love for “the land of the free and the home of the brave” than with a visit to this weekend’s aptly named “Star-Spangled Sailabration” in Baltimore? Put on your American flag pants (or bowtie!) and scoot down to this weeklong festival, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the writing of every American’s favorite tune … “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

More than 40 different “gray hulls” and tall ships will be docked at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this weekend, and visitors will be welcomed aboard many of the historic ships for free tours. If you’re in the area anytime from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow or Sunday, you’ll also be able to catch an air show, complete with a 45-minute performance by the Navy’s Blue Angels.

Luckily, this time around there won’t be any “bombs bursting in air” or “rockets’ red glare” … but there will be a fireworks display to light up the harbor on Saturday night. Visit the Star-Spangled Sailabration website for a complete schedule of events.

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Allee SangioloA Boston native and Washington, DC, resident, Allee has been growing her bucket list since she began working as an Interactive Producer for When not playing with her Frenchie...


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