Flag Day Fun: Museum Hosts Star Spangled Banner Sing-a-Long

Sing the National Anthem with the whole country on Saturday

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    News4's Jim Handly got a special preview of a new Smithsonian exhibition, putting together for the first time Francis Scott Key's manuscript with the original flag from the War of 1812. (Published Friday, Jun 13, 2014)

    This September marks the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, and the National Museum of History has a slew of patriotic tricks up their sleeves to start celebrating this weekend in D.C. and beyond.

    For starters, the museum is hosting the "Raise It Up! Anthem for America" concert on the National Mall Saturday at 2:30 p.m. where a local blues band, the U.S. Air Force Concert Band, and the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force Choir will perform.

    If you can't make it to the concert, catch the entire concert online.

    At this event, a historic pair is getting together for the very first time: the original Star-Spangled Banner manuscript will join the original American flag that inspired lyrics penned by Francis Scott Key in 1814.

    The museum is also calling for a country-wide sing-a-along of the "Star Spangled Banner" at 4 p.m. Once you brush up on the lyrics, you can join in by making your own National Anthem video and uploading it to YouTube.

    As a way to spread the Flag Day fun around the nation, a dozen museums from other major cities are hosting parties -- and you can even host one, too. Here's an easy way to find a Flag Day party happening near you.

    Because no celebration is complete without food, the museum is also providing a few pointers for your Flag Day party snacking needs including an array of red, white and blue recipes.

    The last step of the Flag Day extravaganza is to share your memories, and be sure to use the hashtag #RaiseItUp on social media along the way.