2020

Maryland Day

WEEKEND

March 20-22, 2020

EXPERIENCE IT

EXPERIENCE IT

Maryland Day celebrations in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are a hit with family and  friends getting together to experience the local history, culture and heritage of the region. Many know we have the signers of the Declaration of Independence calling the area home, regional arts destinations like Maryland Hall and our rich maritime history with the Chesapeake Bay but we have a lot of great surprises you might not be aware of. Plan to visit Annapolis for the Weekend as we open our doors to over 20 locations for free or just $1 and give you fun affordable reasons to experience the area with all your friends and family.

For those spending the weekend we have 2 partner hotels. The Historic Inns of Annapolis and the The Westin  Annapolis are both great choices for your weekend getaway. Both are conveniently located in Downtown Annapolis Maryland.

Maryland Day Weekend bring unique and special heritage based events for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Maryland Day celebrations in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are a hit with family and  friends getting together to experience the local history, culture and heritage of the region. Many know we have the signers of the Declaration of Independence calling the area home, regional arts destinations like Maryland Hall and our rich maritime history with the Chesapeake Bay but we have a lot of great surprises you might not be aware of. Plan to visit Annapolis for the Weekend as we open our doors to over 20 locations for free or just $1 and give you fun affordable reasons to experience the area with all your friends and family.
 

For those spending the weekend we have 2 partner hotels. The Historic Inns of Annapolis and the The Westin  Annapolis are both great choices for your weekend getaway. Both are conveniently located in Downtown Annapolis Maryland.

Check out our Events Page to learn more about our event partners.

What is Maryland Day?

The short and simple answer is its Maryland’s Birthday and we want to celebrate our history and culture with you !

For those that would like a more in depth story on Maryland Day we have some great reading below.

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 (perhaps by saying Mass), 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. In the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, this day is the Feast of the Annunciation, or “our blessed Ladies day” as Father White termed it, referring to the Virgin Mary. After consulting with the “Emperor of the Paschataway” and the “King of Yaocomoco,” Leonard Calvert, governor of the colony, negotiated the purchase of land on a nearby tributary of the Potomac River. 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.

The versions of Father White’s narrative can be read in the “Archives of  Maryland Online,” here:

Volume 551 – A Relation of the Successful Beginning of the Lord Baltimore’s Plantation in Mary-land

Volume 552 – A Brief Relation of the Voyage Unto Maryland

Volume 657 – A Relation of Maryland, 1635
 

Pictured: Detail of a painting of the Ark & Dove by John Moll, Maryland Historical Society. Research and blurb courtesy of Dr. Jean Russo.


Further reading:

Want to know more about “Maryland Day” and what it stands for? Read an article by Dr. Jean Russo on this topic. Understanding Maryland Day – updated

 

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