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Upcoming ‘Star-Spangled Spectacular’ to boost Baltimore tourism

Anyone feeling patriotic should get ready to charter an airplane in advance of a special event in Baltimore designed to celebrate a national milestone. According to The Baltimore Sun, September 14 will be the 200th anniversary of the American national anthem, and Maryland, the site of the battle that prompted the song's lyrics, is expecting a record number of tourists.

Although Baltimore has celebrated the anniversary annually in the past, this particular occasion looks to be an extravaganza with the potential to reach millions. Events will run for a week and are already underway, having begun Tuesday September 9 and concluding on the 16th. In between, visitors should expect an air show, historical exhibits, and fireworks. Musicians schedule to perform include Melissa Etheridge and Smokey Robinson.

The climax of the event will actually take place on the night of the 13th, with a fireworks show and musical performances, all of which will be broadcast on PBS. The Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, told the Sun that it will be a good platform to connect the city with the rest of the country.

"We should be on the national stage," she said. "Baltimore and the citizens of Baltimore played a huge role in the history of our country. It's something we should be proud of and something other citizens — people across the country — should be aware of as well."

The CEO of Visit Baltimore, Tom Noonan, added that an "unprecedented" number of tourists are expected. In an addition to all of these other events, there will be a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees.

Private planes in Maryland allow out-of-towners the chance to make reservations for major events like these.