Enjoyable War of 1812 Bicentennial Event as Havre de Grace is in the Spotlight.

Havre de Grace celebrated the 200th anniversary of the attack on the attractively situated city at the head of the Chesapeake in grand style today.  The program to mark the day the British stormed into town, easily overrunning defenses and burning a large portion of it during the War of 1812 has been in the planning stage for over two years.  And on this beautiful Saturday in early May, it all came perfectly together.  Streets were packed as thousands of visitors turned out for the commemoration, reenactments, tall ships, vendors, concerts, fireworks, and historical performances.

Congratulations City of Havre de Grace for leveraging your history, natural beauty, and cultural heritage resources to create a fine Maryland destination spot.  Under this beautiful blue, spring sky, and as the ripples of water shined on the Chesapeake, everyone was enjoying the observance and the ambiance that makes this place a great Main Street town.  The Havre de Grace Tourism Office, the coalition of small museums, and a special events committee all have done an excellent job, putting together this large event.  Thank you.

Events continue tomorrow.  Here is a link to the City of Havre de Grace Tourism Office for more details.

Vince Vaise, from the National Park Service, parades through the streets with the Fort McHenry Guard

Vince Vaise, from the National Park Service, parades through the streets with the Fort McHenry Guard

A ship's navigator, working a tent over by the Lighthouse Museum, explains an array of instruments used on the ship.

A ship’s navigator, working a tent over by the Lighthouse Museum, explains an array of instruments used on the ship.

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A reenactor from the Ship's company talks to visitors to his tent.  www.shipscompany.org

A reenactor from the Ship’s company talks to visitors to his tent. http://www.shipscompany.org

The total was packed with War of 1812 reenactors.  Here the drummer's from the Fort McHenry Guard.

The total was packed with War of 1812 reenactors. Here the drummer’s from the Fort McHenry Guard.

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