Commemorate War of 1812, USS Constitution

Editor Chris Orchard

Somerville Patch

There are a number of events in the near future commemorating the War of 1812 and the coolest commissioned warship on earth (We’ll listen to you, HMS Victory, when you put yourself in the water).

  • June 10, 2012

This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Yes, the war that inspired Francis Scott Key to write a little poem called “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” better known these days at the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Boston, home to the USS Constitution, is, of course, commemorating the occasion. Here are two ways to do it.

Tall ships

Sailing ships from nine different foreign nations will be in Boston June 28 to July 5. They’ll be at the Charlestown Navy Yard and along the South Boston Waterfront. Learn more here.

Guided tours

Learn about this rarely-thought-of war and New England’s role in it while touring the North End and Charlestown. More here.

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