It is an honor for the museum to be the home of the Star-Spangled Banner and to preserve it for future generations.” — John L Gray, Director, National Museum of American History
Washington, DC, USA (May 7, 2014) — Notable celebrities are supporting the National Museum of American History in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. Artists such as Aloe Blacc, Renée Fleming, Angie Johnson and Brian McKnight are encouraging Americans to take part in the museum’s coast-to-coast celebration. “Raise it Up! Anthem for America,” held on Flag Day, June 14, is a national sing-a-long event for people to come together and sing their anthem at 4 p.m. EDT. Details are at anthemforamerica.si.edu.
The National Park Service, Little League International, Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, the National Civic League, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Chorus America are among more than 50 partners bringing audiences across the nation together for this celebration. Select Macy’s flagship stores in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., will host anthem tributes showcasing the “Raise it Up!” campaign in store windows, on social media and with special events, including sing-a-longs.
“Two hundred years ago, Francis Scott Key, inspired by the sight of the flag’s ‘broad stripes and bright stars,’ wrote a song that gave new significance to a national symbol and started a tradition through which Americans have invested the flag with their own meaning and memories,” said John L. Gray, director of the museum.
Washington, D.C., Flag Day Concert June 14:
Naturalization and Medal Ceremony
Website and Outreach
The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.
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