Four Rivers announces seventh Annual Maryland Day events
MEDIA RELEASE: Maryland Day Celebration 2014
“YOUR MARYLAND, YOUR HISTORY, YOUR DAY!” MARYLAND DAY CELEBRATION 2014!
Four Rivers Heritage Area Sponsors 7th Annual Maryland Day Celebration at Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County Heritage Sites
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.
For the seventh year in a row, Four Rivers Heritage Area is partnering with regional heritage organizations and businesses to showcase the area’s historical, cultural and natural heritage. Events and activities will take place throughout the Maryland Day Celebration weekend of March 21, 22, and 23 for one dollar or less; many of the activities are FREE!
Bring the whole family to Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County for three days of fun, interactive and educational activities that celebrate the best of Maryland’s unique history, natural resources, and culture. New this year: Maryland Day Passports! Pick up your Four Rivers Maryland Day Passport and start exploring the heritage area. This special activity allows visitors with a passport to receive a free stamp from participating sites throughout Maryland Day weekend. Also NEW this year will be free transportation services, courtesy of Towne Transport, from Downtown Annapolis to West Annapolis on Saturdday, March 22, and from Downtown Annapolis to South County sites on Sunday, March 23.
Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s 12 certified state heritage areas, is a nonprofit organization operating in partnership with the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, the Town of Highland Beach, and heritage-related organizations and businesses. Its mission is to stimulate preservation and economic development of the region by supporting and promoting its natural, historic and cultural resources. Our website URL is www.fourriversheritage.org. For more information about the Maryland Day Celebration event, please visit the event website, www.marylandday.org, or call Carol Benson at 410-222-1805. E-mail contact: Heritage_Area@aacounty.org.
For a Comprehensive List of Maryland Day Celebration 2014 Events, visit www.marylandday.org.