BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Festivities continue across Maryland as we celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Monique Griego has more on festive fireworks and one spectacular air show.

With a thunder-like roar, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels rocketed into the sky before Fort McHenry for a Star-Spangled Sailabration Air Show.

“It was phenomenal! We loved it! Loved it!” one spectator said.

Tens of thousands of spectators had their eyes on the sky as pilots dipped and dived for various death-defying stunts.

“They were coming in and then they flipped over and some of them were flying upside down and the others were right side up,” Dale Sullivan, who attended the air show, said.

And for little kids, the show definitely gave them something to remember.

While the air show had everyone’s eyes locked to the sky for several hours, these Star-Spangled ships still seem to be the star attraction.

“I like meeting people from other countries. The first ship we went on was Indonesia, so that was nice talking to them,” Genelle Moore, who attended air show, said.

And as visitors lined up to board the boats, crowds of people swallowed the walkways at the Inner Harbor.

“I can’t describe it. It’s like a sea of people,” said one.

“Awesome weekend! It’s got to be a million people down here,” said another.

The Sailabration is a celebration of Maryland’s rich history and the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

And at Fort McHenry, there was a patriotic spirit filling the air.

“It’s quite cool to have this national monument here to celebrate the history of the state and the country,” Dave Greenwood, who watched the fireworks at Fort McHenry, said.

Visitors who came to honor the flag were treated to a parade of lights in the air.

If you missed the Blue Angels show on Saturday, they will be performing another show on Sunday at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort McHenry.


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