This year is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812's successful attack on Washington and the loss by the British in Baltimore at the Battle of Fort McHenry.
Maryland especially has a variety of events throughout the summer and into September, commemorating various battles and actions from the Summer of 1814.
DC has some commemorative events as well.
A few weeks ago the State of Maryland held a press conference highlighting the launch of the Star Spangled Banner National Heritage Trail, developed by the National Park Service.
Labels: cultural heritage/tourism