Four Rivers Heritage Area has partnered with regional heritage organizations and businesses to celebrate the founding of Maryland.
Maryland Day Celebrations
Celebrate Maryland's birthday this year with a weekend long celebration of its art, heritage and culture at 30 locations in Annapolis Maryland and Anne Arundel County. This is the perfect weekend to crawl out of winter hibernation and explore Maryland. For more information and a full list of events by date, visit Maryland Day online.
Maryland's birthday is officially on March 25th, a state holiday that commemorates 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.
#MARYLANDDAYQUEST UPDATE: MOVED TO MARCH 28
Maryland Day Quest 2020 hosted by Visit Annapolis
To celebrate Maryland Day, Visit Annapolis is hosting a scavenger hunt that takes participants on a journey around downtown Annapolis, allowing them to explore the city and take in its rich history. Visitors (and residents) will be on a search for six special locations to take “selfies” with famous historical figures and to be entered to win a History Getaway to Annapolis!
The kids will especially love this! Join us on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Visitors Center and show off your selfies for a corresponding commemorative sticker for each historical figure you were able to find!
To enter for the grand prize of a History Getaway in Annapolis, one must snap a selfie with each of the six historical figures and post on social media with #MarylandDayQuest. Check our social channels (Facebook / Instagram) for clues on who we are featuring leading up to Maryland Day, and on March 28 for clues on specific locations. Historical Giveaway prizes are to include:
Overnight Accommodations to Gibson's Lodging of Annapolis for up to Four
Gibson’s Lodgings is located footsteps away from the City Dock and the US Naval Academy. Gibson’s is the ideal destination for history, relaxation, shopping, dining and old-fashioned hospitality in downtown Annapolis. Gibson’s Lodgings has 3 grand houses all named after past and present owners of the property. The Patterson House, the Berman House and the Lauer House are all spacious and historically decorated with an array of vintage and new decor. The 3 houses together host 20 fully-furnished guest rooms, each house has a beautifully decorated 19th-century parlor and a dining area for entertaining and relaxation. Outside, the three houses share a large brick courtyard where guests are welcome to enjoy peace and tranquility. Gibson’s guests have the benefit of a private parking lot. Parking at Gibson’s is free for all guests during their stay! For more information click HERE.
Afternoon Tea for Two at Reynold's Tavern
This Georgian Home is the perfect setting for a Traditional English Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a little of Annapolis History, courteous service, and great food. For more information click HERE.
Two Tickets to the Four Centuries Walking Tour presented by Annapolis Tours by Watermark
A period dressed guide in colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and into the Maryland State House*. Highlights include walking in the footsteps of George Washington where in 1783 inside the State House, George Washington resigned as Commander in Chief. Continuing through the downtown area – on your way to the United States Naval Academy – you pass many 18th century mansions and learn about the significance of their beautiful architecture. In the shadows of these buildings, your guide will share with you Annapolis history including stories of the famous statesmen that built these magnificent structures. For more information click HERE.
Two Tickets on the Harbor Queen Tour presented by Cruises on the Bay by Watermark
This 40 minute Annapolis cruises are the perfect way to top off a day downtown and get out on the water. Learn about the history of this special maritime town through our narrated Annapolis boat tours. Watermark offer's two different 40 minute cruises--Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek-- both are offered daily during the boating season. For more information click HERE.
More on Maryland Day Weekend Activities
This year, 30+ locations in Anne Arundel County will be celebrating the weekend by offering tours, events, concerts, games and hands on demonstrations that are free or only $1 per person. This makes it an affordable weekend to get out and explore Maryland with your family and friends.
Some of the participating locations include the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the William Paca House, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Charles Carroll House, Watermark Tours, Maryland State House, Chesapeake Children's Museum, MTPA-Stage One, Maryland State Archives, Naval Academy Museum, Banneker-Douglas Museum, Galesville Heritage Society, Galesville Community Center, Deale Historical Society and Historic Londontown and Gardens.
Maryland Day is funded by the Four Rivers Heritage Partnership, managed by the Chesapeake Children's Museum and marketed by Evans Management LLC.