If you’ve been reading Pigtown*Design for any length of time, you know that I am a big booster of Baltimore, my home town. This weekend gave me so much more to be proud of with the celebrations for the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, our national anthem. As I mentioned last week, there were loads of events happening in and around Baltimore, on the land, in the sea and in the air. I managed to take advantage of all three!
Friday started out by leaving the office at noon to join one of my best friends for drinks and lunch at the Four Seasons, which is right on the waterfront. We knew that the Blue Angels would be practicing in the afternoon, so we had a front row seat for that, and for watching the ships sail by. The one above is Pride of Baltimore II and is a gorgeous ship!
It was so exciting to see the Blue Angels swooping and zooming by us and they looked like they were having such fun! They are so fast that they move faster than the speed of sound, so you see them before you hear them, and they can actually sneak up on you!
Saturday started out with some rain, but all reports said it would move out by 3:00 and sure enough, it did! We headed down to the harbour and had a chance to look at some of the tall ships that were visiting for the Star-Spangled 200 celebrations. Luckily, I had the perfect shirt to wear!
When we finally reached the cove where we moored, we waited in anticipation of the fireworks. On the way out, we’d seen the barges that they would be shot from, and there was a barge about every half mile.
We were perfectly situated, being able to see over to Fort McHenry which was the main venue, and back into the city and the Inner Harbour. To say that these were the best fireworks I’ve ever seen would not be an understatement. They went on for more than 20 minutes, with all six barges firing off fireworks at the same time. It was a sensory overload, but so much fun!
I love the second or two after the fireworks finish, and they’re still echoing across the harbour, and then all of the boats start sounding their horns in a cacophony of hoots and toots!
Their rolls, spins, speed and seer power are fabulous. At times, they are flying so low that their landing gear drops, and then they fly so high that they get lost in the sky and the clouds. They fly over so fast and so close that your bones rattle.If you look closely, two of the planes are flying up-side-down!
One of the fun images from this weekend is of Governor Martin O’Malley dressed in period uniform atop a horse. I remember when he learned to ride about 10+ years ago at Fort McHenry. Later in the weekend, he and his Irish rock band played a concert at one of the Star-Spangled celebration sites!
It was such a fun weekend and I am so glad to have the chance to participate in the events. I am so proud of Baltimore and how beautifully everything went and how fabulous the city looked.