WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Aaron Marcavitch, Executive Director of Maryland Milestones, talked to us on Tuesday about Prince George's County's huge celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg and the War of 1812. Family friendly events will be held throughout the week, culminating with the Undaunted Festival, which will feature a major battle re-enactment.
The county is holding a series of celebrations this summer to mark the 200th anniversary of the national anthem and the War of 1812.
Hundreds of re-enactors, vendors, artists, and historic demonstrators will help commemorate the British march across Prince George's County and the Battle of Bladensburg. In August of 1814, during the War of 1812, over 4,500 British troops met 7,500 American volunteers. The American troops under Joshua Barney stood "Undaunted in Battle" at the Washington, D.C. border. For more details visit http://undauntedweekend.splashthat.com.
Now, local communities, non-profits, and government agencies will commemorate the battle, which preceded the burning of Washington's public buildings, in several events:
Learn about Frances Scott Key's life. A free lecture will take place at Riversdale House Museum (4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park, Md.) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery (22200 Aquasco Road in Aquasco, Md.) you can join dignitaries to unveil the new historical marker and recognize the donation of hundreds of books to Maryland schools.
On Thursday, at 6 p.m., enjoy the "War of 1812 Night at the Bowie Baysox" on Ballpark Road in Bowie, Md.
Enjoy a BBQ dinner while "the British" set up camp before battle at the Riversdale House Museum on Friday at 6:30 p.m. with the John Bull Roast. Tickets for residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties are $20. Advance payment is required by Tuesday. Call 301-864-0420 to reserve your tickets.
On Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bladensburg Waterfront Park (next to Peace Cross), attend a dedication of the new "Undaunted in Battle" monument with the Marine Band, Sea Services Color Guard, dignitaries, and wreath laying. From noon until 6 p.m., join the heritage festival with activities, historic demonstration, encampments, a "Writers Roundtable," artists, DC Food Trucks, tours, and more. At 3 p.m. witness the Battle of Bladensburg. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. see the Stacy Brooks Band and Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides perform, followed by a "handshake of Peace" between Prince George's County and an Official Canadian Delegation. A giant fireworks show starts at 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday, go "Beyond the Battle" with open houses, a trolley tour, boat rides, and the "Bladensburg Races 5K" (www.racepacket.com) at 8 a.m.