Returning for its second year at Piscataway Park, Celebrating the Potomac is a celebration of Potomac River heritage, as part of a weekend of events hosted by the Potomac River Heritage Tourism Alliance and the Accokeek Foundation to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Anchoring these events in Prince George’s County, which includes a War of 1812 Encampment and Commemoration at Fort Washington Park, will be a special visit to the Potomac River by the Pride of Baltimore II – a reproduction 1812-era topsail schooner privateer and the type of vessel that helped America win the War of 1812 and secure its freedom.
On Saturday, July 12, living history performances at the National Colonial Farm will highlight challenges faced by ordinary Marylanders during the War of 1812, as British invaders offer freedom to escaped slaves and prepare to set fire to the nation’s capital. This interactive experience will engage all ages in the lives of the people on the Potomac during this eventful moment in history. Walk aboard the Pride of Baltimore II and learn the critical role that these topsail schooner privateers played in the war. Relax and enjoy music from the era performed by Jennifer Cutting’s OCEAN. Be adventurous and book a War of 1812 kayak tour. Picnics welcome, but food will also be available for purchase.
Note: Day sails will be available throughout the weekend on the Pride of Baltimore II. Reservations and tickets required.
Sponsorships are available. Download the Celebrating with Pride on the Potomac factsheet to learn more.