Four Rivers Heritage Area's Maryland Day Celebration is a great way to try out the different heritage sites in our region at little to no cost, and of course, celebrate the great state of Maryland! For the 9th year in a row, regional heritage organizations and businesses partner together to showcase the area’s historical, cultural and natural heritage. Events and activities will take place throughout the Maryland Day Celebration weekend of March 18, 19, and 20 for one dollar or less. Twenty partners will offer 38 events to choose from and some area businesses and restaurants are also offering special deals to customers. With this year's "Generation to Generation" theme encouraging multi-generational conversations, there is definitely something for everyone.
Maryland Day activities are happening in Annapolis and South Arundel County. The fun includes activities, exhibits and tours at the Annapolis Green House, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Historic London Town and Gardens, US Naval Academy Visitor Center and so many more great places. In Annapolis on Saturday, guests can hop aboard a free trolley with Towne Transport to easily get from stop to stop. A highlight of the weekend is the Maryland Day Flag-Raising ceremony at Susan Campbell Park on Saturday at 10 am. The Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps will perform music and the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes will do the flag detail. Hint: Our ArchiTrex tour steps off after the ceremony!
Visit the Maryland Day website for a full schedule of events or pick up your Maryland Day brochure and map from Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County at 26 West Street in Annapolis.
The History of Maryland Day:
Maryland Day marks the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when settlers from England celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on St. Clement’s Island in what is now St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The Maryland settlement was authorized under a charter granted on June 20, 1632 by Charles I of England to Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron of Baltimore. On March 25th, the English settlers held a day of thanksgiving on the island for the safe end to their voyage. In 1916, the Maryland General Assembly authorized Maryland Day as a legal holiday devoted to Maryland history.
And arguable the most important part of Maryland Day, take a selfie during Maryland Day weekend and tag it #MDSelfie!