The Coast Guard’s Eagle led a parade of tall ships in the Chesapeake Bay in 2012. The Eagle will return to Baltimore this week. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

Maryland has been marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 for two years. But this week the war will really hit home with the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore.

On September 12, 1814, British troops marched into the city and ships fired at Fort McHenry for 25 hours. (The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”)

Festivities include tours of two dozen tall ships and Navy ships, an air show by the Blue Angels, music, food and fireworks.

What: 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore

The Pride of Baltimore II, a replica of an 1812-era privateer, will dock in Baltimore for the celebration. (Christina Barron/The Washington Post)

Where: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and Locust Point

When: Thursday-September 15

How much: Most events are free.

For more information: A parent can call 800-266-5699 or go to