All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closed due to the federal government shutdown.
Experience one of the most pivotal events in American history, when the independence of our young nation hung in the balance. Witness an epic battle during the War of 1812, when the sight of a gigantic American flag flying over Fort McHenry inspired the lyrics that became our national anthem.
During a ferocious battle, the sight of a gigantic American flag flying over Fort McHenry inspired the lyrics that became our national anthem. Forever after, the flag and the anthem would be known by the same name -- the Star-Spangled Banner.
Both the creation of the giant flag by Mary Pickersgill and her helpers, and the writing of the poem by Francis Scott Key are featured within the epic drama of the British attack on Baltimore and the valiant resistance of its citizens and soldiers.
Our hope is that film will help audiences of all ages better understand and appreciate a pivotal moment in the history of our young Republic - - a moment that resonates down through two hundred years to the present day and continues to define us in all our diversity and our pride as citizens of the United States.