So most of us think that National Anthem Day comes on the day Francis Scott Key wrote the anthem from the deck of the British ship as it bombarded Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812, September 4th, 1814. However, the Star Spangled Banner, did not become the National Anthem until March 3rd, 1931 when President Herbert Hoover proclaimed it as a National Holiday, work making official. It took over a hundred years for us to get a song that we could all call ours.
How to celebrate – See if you can remember all the lyrics to the National Anthem. Visit Fort McHenry. Read about Francis Scott Key.