Maryland Day Weekend

Maryland Day Weekend 2014

MARYLAND DAY WEEKEND:  Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23, 2014

Maryland Day” is a collaborative event sponsored by Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County.  Whether you like historic sites, cultural activities, natural resources and conservation, or all of the above, Four Rivers Heritage Area has it all. Not to mention world-class dining and shopping! There is something for every member of the family to enjoy during this annual celebration of all things “Maryland.”  For more details, click on  www.marylandday.org

The U. S. Naval Academy Visitor Center is offering a $1.00 per person fee for Guided Walking Tours on Maryland Day Weekend. This special rate is available from Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23, 2014.  Print this coupon or show it to us on your smart phone to receive this special ticket price.

And please ask an Information Specialist for a free booklet on John Paul Jones, the Revolutionary War naval hero buried at the Academy.

See the “Kids Quarterdeck” display for information and activities of interest to children of all ages.  It is located across from the John Paul Jones Exhibit.

 Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when the newly-arrived colonists erected a cross on St. Clement’s Island, offered prayers and took “possession of this Countrey for our Saviour and for our soveraigne Lord the King of England.” According to one of the three versions of Father Andrew White’s account of the voyage of the Ark and the Dove, this event took place on 25 March 1633/34 at the colonists’ first landfall in Maryland.  This became the site of St. Mary’s City, the colony’s first settlement. Marylanders began observing Maryland Day in 1903, when the State Board of Education designated it as a day to be devoted to the study of Maryland history. In 1916, the General Assembly authorized the celebration of Maryland Day as a legal state holiday.