Maryland Day

Events 2021


Anne Arundel Public Library

FREE Virtual Event 

Sat. March 20th - 2 PM 
Verda Welcome: A Person of Principle

Before there was Kamala Harris or Shirley Chisolm on the national political scene, there were local and state political black female leaders paving the way. Meet Maryland State Senator Verda Freeman Welcome, the second black woman to be elected to a state senate in the early 1950’s.

Hear Senator Welcome, portrayed by Janice the Griot, champion for laws to eradicate racism in the schools, places of work, public accommodations, and interracial relationships in this virtual program. Presented in Partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.


Banneker-Douglass Museum

Free Virtual Event

In the spirit of Women’s History Month, join the Banneker-Douglass Museum, in partnership with the University of Maryland Black Alumni Association, as we celebrate and honor the courage of Black women. This program, moderated by the Eastern Shore Change Network will explore the life of Maryland-born, freedom fighter, Gloria Richardson. As head of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, Ms. Richardson’s audacious efforts caught the eyes and ears of such fellow activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, and Malcolm X. We hope to see you for an evening of conversation, education, and fellowship.

Special guest appearance by Ms. Gloria Richardson.

Visit us at

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Busch Annapolis Library

In Person pick up Friday, Saturday and Sunday

1410 West Street,
Annapolis, MD 21401  


In celebration of Maryland Day, elementary-age customers can pick up a Take & Make kit at the Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library during curbside pickup hours. Kits will be available Friday, March 19 until Sunday, March  21st, while supplies last. Each bag includes supplies to make a patchwork quilt craft with instructions, supplies to make a button whirlgig with instructions, a five page Maryland coloring book, and a sheet with information about Maryland Day and children’s history book recommendations.


Charles Carroll House of Annapolis

Free In-Person Event
Tour the Charles Carroll House

Sun. March 21

The Carroll House will be open on Sunday, March 21 from 10am - 12pm for self-guided tours. A docent will greet guests at the original front of the house and give them a recyclable tour sheet. The tour will end in the Carroll Gardens and the guests will leave the premise on the waterside through the gates.





Chesapeake Children's Museum

Free In-Person Event

Nature Walk of the Underground Railroad

Free for CCM Members

$1 for General Public

Sunday, March 21th - 2PM

Go for a guided hike on the banks of Spa Creek. Investigate the quest for freedom as it often relied on nature. Learn how plants and other aspects of nature enabled escape along the Underground Railroad over 150 years ago.


Hammond Harwood House

FREE Virtual and
In-Person Events

19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis MD 21401

Join curator Rachel Lovett for a recorded lecture on the exhibition Decadent Décor: Global Imports in an Early American Port City


This exhibition showcases the diversity of material goods that arrived in the port and how cultures from around the world merged in early Annapolis.  Highlights include a French-made George Washington clock, Spanish silver, British furniture, and Chinese porcelain. Objects are from the collection of the Hammond-Harwood House, as well as from other museums and historic sites.

There will be an In-Person, special, fun event Architecture Quest For All!  A scavenger hunt will be available in the front lawn of Hammond-Harwood House at 19 Maryland Avenue - open to everyone all weekend long!

* Please not the museum is currently closed


Historic Annapolis

Free Virtual Event

The Fabric of Our Diverse History

Saturday, March 20th

11am to 12pm

Experience a Virtual Maryland Day celebration with Historic Annapolis! Tune in on Facebook Live as we stroll up Pinkney Street and visit the Shiplap House and Hogshead. You will visit with women from our shared history who contributed to Maryland's culture and economy as we celebrate Women’s History Month.  


League of Conservation Voters

Free Virtual Event
Friday, March 19

4 - 5 PM

Join Maryland LCV for another episode of “Kristen’s Democracy Kitchen” and this time we are making Crossover Cake!  Crossover Day is a major milestone in the 90-day legislative session, but what exactly is it? Our Political Director, Kristen Harbeson, will take you into her newly renovated Baltimore kitchen to decipher the Maryland legislative process while making a delicious and Crossover-appropriate cake! Tune in for our watch party in the premiere of the episode and then chime in with all your questions about Maryland’s environmental bills. 

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Maryland Cultural & Conference Center (MC3)

FREE  - In Person Event

Saturday, March 20th 

11:00-2:00 PM

The Maryland Cultural & Conference Center is hosting an open house featuring their new exhibit, lines. by local artist David Brault.


Pride of Baltimore ll

FREE In Person Event
Saturday, Sunday

Check Facebook for Event Updates

Prince George Street Dock - adjacent to Susan Campbell Park

Come aboard to learn about Maryland’s renowned tall ship, Pride of Baltimore ll, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail! Explore the deck and talk to her captain and crew. Learn about the history of Baltimore Clippers and Pride ll, or hear what it’s like to sail a tall ship today. A National Park Service ranger will be on board to talk about the Star-Spangled National Historic Trail and what happened in and around Annapolis during the War of 1812. Tours are open to guests of all ages. (Unfortunately, Pride ll is not accessible.)


Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

FREE - In Person Event
Friday and Saturday

647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

"Smithsonian in your backyard". SERC’s campus has more than 7 miles of trails through wetlands and hills including Contee Hiker Biker, Squirrel Neck Loop (fyi mud alert), Java history Trail, Connector Trail, and Discovery trail, and Fox Point Road Trail are all open to groups of 6 and under due to Covid guidelines. Please see the SERC webpage for Covid protocols, map of the site and note, there is a 30 car maximum in the parking area.


Wiley Bates Legacy Center

FREE - Virtual Program

Join the Bates Legacy Center’s program on distinguished Bates Alumni and their contributions to Maryland history.

Find out about all of the famous African American Annapolitans who graduated from the Wiley Bates High School. See their webpage to learn about the accomplishments of Wiley Bates and his continuing legacy.


Anne Arundel Public Library

FREE Virtual Event 

Sat. March 20th - 4-5 PM 
Pride and Centuries of Prejudice: 300+ years of LGBTQ+ People in the Chesapeake

Annapolis Pride presents Pride and Centuries of Prejudice

Long before Stonewall, long before the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and long before marriage equality, LGBTQ+ people lived, worked, and loved in Maryland and Virginia. Learn about the lives of historic queer people from the Chesapeake with stories from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.



Benson-Hammond House

FREE Virtual Event

Step back in time VIRTUALLY with the docents at the Benson-Hammond House. This 1820's farmhouse is the sole survivor on BWI Airport land from our county's formerly robust farming history. Listen to the tales of Thomas Benson and the enslaved workers who worked on the farm. Learn about the history of the four room house built by Thomas Benson as it was added on by the generations that followed.


Captain Avery Museum

Free Virtual Event

Interview with Chris Haley

This photo shows Chris Haley seated next to a statue of his uncle, Alex Haley, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Enjoy a recent interview with Chris Haley, the Director of the Maryland State Archive’s Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland project, for the African American Civil War Museum, where Haley reflects on the development and impact of Alex Haley’s book “Roots.” Chris Haley is a well-respected speaker, actor, writer and singer. He is also the nephew of Alex Haley. Chris has spoken on themes such as African-American history, self-empowerment and genealogy. He is also the Director of the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland. Here is the link to information on the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland.


Chesapeake Children's Museum

FREE Virtual Facebook Event - Art & Storytime

Friday March 19, 10:30 AM

Celebrate Afro-Latino Culture! / Celebramos la cultura afrolatina!

‘How The Night Was Created’ - A Taino Indian Folktale (PUERTO RICO)

Miss Bianca performs this classic tale of the indigenous peoples of Puerto Rico, the Taino! Using felt pieces in the shape of characters and setting, she will recreate an age-old myth of how the night came to be.


‘Pelo Malo No Existe’ / ‘Bad Hair Doesn't Exist’ by Sulma Arzu-Brown (HONDURAS)

Author Sulma Arzu-Brown reads her short story Pelo Malo No Existe about celebrating everyone for how they look and who they are.

Activity: Draw your hair, your parent's hair, your friend's hair. Draw different types of hairstyles you know!

Materials needed: paper and crayons, pencils or markers to draw on your paper with.


Downs Park

Regional Parks will be FREE on Maryland Day Weekend

Hours 7:00 am to dusk

8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122

Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, Downs Park offers a variety of natural and recreational activities throughout its 236 acres. Downs Park offers more than 5 miles of paved and natural trails. Visit our new playground!




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Hancock's Resolution

Free Virtual Event
Limit to 100 participants

7:00-8:00 pm. 

Please register at the link below to  Hancock's Resolution Maryland Day 2021 for a recorded presentation hosted by Anne Arundel County Public Library - Mountain Road Branch 

 This recorded history presentation will be followed by live Q & A.

**(see Sunday’s in- person event page for walking tours)




Homestead Gardens

FREE Virtual Event
ZOOM workshop on Native Plants Friday March 19th, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Join Heather Wheatley, Certified Professional Horticulturist, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and Director of Education Homestead Gardens with Rebecca Sherman,  Nursery Manager at Homestead Gardens for an introduction to  Maryland EcoRegional Native Plants, shrubs and trees.

Learn about the importance of using resilient plant materials to ensure a healthy habitat. Selecting plants from our ecoregion supports biodiversity and improves the health of the critical area of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.


Jug Bay Wetlands Santuary

Regional Parks will be FREE on Maryland Day Weekend

Hours 9am to 5pm
1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711

Explore 19 miles of trails and tidal wetlands that make up this beautiful wetland area. Bring your binoculars because there is plenty of birdwatching and nature to experience.



Maryland Hall

FREE In-Person Event
Sunday, March 21st 

1PM to 4 PM 

ArtFest is a celebration of the arts at Maryland hall. Enjoy outdoor activities with inspiring Teaching Artists, an ArtReach Film Festival celebrating the diverse stories of our community created by our talented youth and art exhibitions.

801 Chase Street,

Annapolis MD


Quiet Waters Park

Regional Parks will be FREE on Maryland Day Weekend

Hours 7:00 am to dusk

600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403

Quiet Waters Park is situated between the South River and Harness Creek. Visitors can enjoy trails winding through forests and past grassy fields, children’s playground, or picnic among 340 acres of beautiful park land. It also has an enclosed dog park.



The Free School Museum

FREE - Virtual  Event

Established in 1723, this virtual tour will bring you to one of the last remaining original school buildings in the state of Maryland. Take a journey to the past on this Free School Museum tour. The ACFS  is operated by the Anne Arundel Retired School Personnel Association (AARSPA).

Interested guests can view the virtual tour by accessing the AARSPA Facebook page.


Annapolis Maritime Museum

Free  and $1 In Person Events

 Sat. March 20th -

10AM -1 PM 

732 Second Street Annapolis, Maryland  21403


Free entrance to Bay Room for family activities and Wilma Lee Dockside Tours

$1 admission to the museum to experience AMM’s brand-new, interactive exhibit, Our Changing Waterfront. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

Join our winter Build-a-Boat program graduates for a boat building challenge by building your own boat and testing its seaworthiness. View the boat models our program graduates have built and interact with some of the critters that live in our Chesapeake Bay. Discover the rich and diverse history of boat builders in Annapolis and Eastport and learn about the Seafarers Yacht Club!


Broadneck African American Heritage Project, Inc.

Free Virtual Live Event 

Sat. on ZOOM at

10AM -11PM 

This virtual workshop led by historian Elinor Thompson of Brewer Hill Cemetery BHC is one of the first African American Cemeteries in the United States. Learn about the famous and non- famous people buried in this historic treasure in the heart of Annapolis.

In additions to the live Zoom, take a video tour of Brewer Hill Cemetery.

You Tube Video

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City of Annapolis & Maryland Day present the Maynard-Burgess House

Free Virtual Event

Video Tour of the
Maynard-Burgess House

Take a short video tour of the Maynard-Burgess House at 163 Duke of Gloucester Street in downtown Annapolis.

An important part of our diverse history, the decorative elements show lovely patterns of period wallpaper and floorcloths as chosen by the Maynard and Burgess families.


Chesapeake Children's Museum

Free In-Person Event
Indigenous Plant Walk

Free for CCM Members

$1 for General Public

Saturday March 20th,

12 PM 

Explore the traditional lore and resources of Indigenous people. The first Americans used natural materials for food, medicine, shelter, transportation and even children's games.


Fort Smallwood Park

Regional Parks will be FREE on Maryland Day Weekend

Hours 7:00 am to dusk

9500 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, MD 21122

(free entry excludes use of boat ramp)

Fort Smallwood Park’s recreational amenities include a 380-foot fishing pier, unique Cedar Pavilion, accessible children’s playground, historic gun battery and barracks, walking trails, beaches and pond. Fort Smallwood was a sea coast defense built in the late 1880's to the early part of the 1900's. The fort was in use from 1890 until 1927.



Historic London Town and Gardens

Free In-Person Event

839 Londontown Road, Edgewater MD 21037

London Town is reopening for the spring: Come and enjoy our 23 acres of history, gardens, and natural space. Join guided walking tours and explore hands-on interpretation that showcases the diversity of Colonial Maryland and Historic London Town.


Over the weekend we will highlight some of the real people who called London Town home on our various social media platforms.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


Kinder Farm Park

Regional Parks will be FREE on Maryland Day Weekend

Hours 7:00 am to dusk

1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville, MD 21108

Kinder Farm Park offers picnic tables and grills located throughout the park, two large outdoor pavilions available for rental, and a large playground and tot-lot ideal for children of all ages. The park has a 2.8 mile paved perimeter trail and several miles of natural trails.  Stop by the barn to visit the Kinder Farm animals.


Maryland Cultural & Conference Center (MC3)

FREE  - Virtual Event

Friday, March 21st 

5 PM 

Carr’s Beach Virtual History- 

Virtual webinar with local artist Comacell Brown, Founder of Blacks of the Chesapeake Vince Leggett, and Corey Lewis of Maryland State Archives will speak on the history of Carr’s Beach.

(See Saturday listing for Gallery Event)



Free Virtual Event

Rise Up Tour 

Saturday & Sunday

Renowned local historian Janice Hayes- Williams brings to you her highly acclaimed history tour titled, “Rise Up!’ - an African American ‘Walking Tour’- Through the City of Annapolis she will take you to visit significant sites and meet African Americans of Maryland’s State Capital and learn of their accomplishments.

While visiting important locations the stories of ‘then and now’ come in to view with pictures and words.


Scenic Rivers Land Trust

FREE - In Person Event
Self -Guided History Tour of Bacon Ridge Natural Area

Celebrate Maryland Day weekend by heading out for a self-guided history hike of the Bacon Ridge Natural Area. Scenic Rivers Land Trust, the non-profit responsible for conserving the natural area, has prepared materials to help you explore for landscape clues in the history-rich Bacon Ridge Natural Area. Register to receive a downloadable trail map, then follow the temporary signs posted along the trails. Bring your smartphone to watch short videos of your virtual hike along the way. You’ll learn how humans and nature have interacted to make the landscape we see today, all while enjoying the beautiful 1,000+ acre protected forest. The hike is between 2 -4 miles on an unpaved trail through the woods. It departs from the Hawkins Road Trailhead in Crownsville. Dogs are permitted on a leash.

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Free - In-Person Event

African American Tour -

“Gourd to Gavel" --

Meets at Market House Park Compass Rose

Saturday, 10:30AM -12:30PM

Our Colonial attired guide will be giving a live presentation of the African American experience in Annapolis from the 1700’s to the present. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation. Must call to register: 410-268-7601, ext. 100