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Safely Enjoy the Four Rivers Heritage Area This Memorial Day Weekend

May 22 2020

Safely Enjoy the Four Rivers Heritage Area This Memorial Day Weekend

Enjoy the Outside

This Monday we are celebrating Memorial Day, which means a long three-day weekend. Although we’re currently still “safer at home,” some of you may want to take advantage of the holiday by enjoying some time outside.

Here are some ways you can enjoy the Four Rivers Heritage Area during Memorial Day weekend.

We’re excited to share that Historic London Town is opening its gardens again to the public! This weekend, you are welcome Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24, 10:00am – 4:30pm. Explore the Woodland Garden, featuring towering native trees, an extensive collection of magnolias, camellias, dogwoods, rhododendrons and viburnums, uncommon individual specimens of spring bulbs, woodland wildflowers, and shade-loving perennials. Or venture into the Cook Memorial Garden and the Lillian S. Hall Memorial Garden, where hydrangeas, roses, and crepe myrtles are featured in summer. 

If you’d like to visit, please register online here. For the first weekend, registration is free and strongly encouraged to ensure your access to the site. They will have limited capacity and may need to temporarily bar new guests who have not pre-registered. Make sure you adhere to their registration requirements and new health and safety policies.

We’ve also compiled some other ways to get outdoors in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, from county parks, state parks, to the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, where you can find canoe and kayak launches. Getting out on the water is a great way to practice social distancing!

In a previous blog post, we told you about the Clio app, your guide to the history and culture around you. If you decide to come to downtown Annapolis, you can use the app to take a walking tour and discover some our heritage sites. Even if you can’t currently enter them, they’re still interesting to view from the outside.

Do you know what the different colors of the historic markers in downtown Annapolis signify? Learn more here, or watch a video from the “Annapolis Discovered” blog here.

Wherever you go this weekend, or whatever businesses you patronize, make sure to abide by our local laws and regulations and respect social distancing requirements.

Anne Arundel County states that in accordance with the responsibility granted to local leaders in Governor Hogan’s May 13 state executive order, the county executive’s order:

  • Allows non-essential retail businesses to open for curbside pickup
  • Allows manufacturing facilities to open
  • Allows houses of worship to open for up to 10 people
  • Allows barbers and beauty salons to open, limited to one customer at a time inside the premises

In the City of Annapolis, nonessential retail can also open under the following provisions:

  • Front doors may remain open
  • One customer is allowed inside at a time to place or pickup an order
  • Sidewalk racks are allowed if they don’t block pedestrian access
  • Customers must maintain physical distance

We’ll be sure to update this post should there be any changes, so you can be updated and informed before venturing out. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day.