Maryland Day 2020

Events - Saturday

Saturday March 21 - Events for Maryland Day Celebration 2020

Click on the name of the location to connect with the location’s website for more event information.   

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African- American History Walking Tour

Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis City Dock

1-2 pm


Janice Hayes- Williams presents the history associated with: the Kunta Kinte- Alex Haley Memorial, Middletons Tavern, Market House, Chase Lloyd House,the Maryland State House where statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass have recently been placed, and the "Bertina Nick Historic Classroom" at the Stanton Center.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

7300 Edgewood Road

Annapolis, MD 21403


11 am - 3pm

PH# 410 -295 -0104

Discover local pirate lore as you join the Education Staff at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park's Back Creek campus for an afternoon of adventure. We will learn about local pirates as we conquer pirate challenges such as building boats, knot tying, decoding signal flags and more.Activities are free and for all ages!

Annapolis Tours by Watermark

Women of Achievement Walking Tour - departs from Susan Campbell Park at City Dock, 1 Dock Street


10:0am arrival and check-in

10:30am - 12:30pm

PH#410-268-7601 x 100.

Celebrate the100th Anniversary of the Women's Right to Vote and the "Year of the Woman" with the Women of Achievement Tour. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in Annapolis' historic district led by a period- dressed guide. Space is limited. Walk ups welcome - space permitting. Reserve your tour at or cal 410-268-7601 x 100

Anne Arundel County Dept.of Recreation & Parks 

5 regional parks open free all weekend

Downs Park

8322 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 


7 am - dusk 

PH# 410-222-6230

This 236 acre park has 5 miles of trails, a fishing pier, a children's playground,2 basketball courts, kayak launching, and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. The Downs Park Historical Society works hard to preserve the park's history.

Fort Smallwood Park

9500 Fort Smallwood Road

Pasadena, MD


5:30 am - dusk

PH# 410-222-0087

Recreational amenities include the 380-foot Bill Burton Fishing Pier for fishing and birdwatching, a large accessible playground, historic gun battery and barracks from when the site was a coastal fort, plus walking trails, beaches, pond and volleyball courts.Fees apply for boat launching.

 Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

1361 Wrighton Road 

Lothian, MD 20771


9 am - 5pm

PH# 410-222-8006

The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located along the tidal Patuxent River in southern Anne Arundel County.

It includes 1,500 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands, forests, meadows and fields. 

Kinder Farm Park

1001 Kinder Farm Park Road

Millersville, MD


7 am - dusk 


Explore a restored farmhouse from 1925 with artifacts from from the 1930's including a tobacco press, and harvesting tools. Live animals include: chickens, turkeys, geese, cows, pigs, goats, and sheep.There is also a large playground, tot- lot and walking trails.

Quiet Waters Park

600 Quiet Waters Road

Annapolis, MD


7 am - dusk 


This park's 340 acres include paved trails, public art, playground, picnic areas and spectacular water views of the South River.

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library 

269 Hillsmere Drive Annapolis  



PH# 410-222-1770

'Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Equality for All!', a Living History Performance of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Join award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar, Mary Ann Jung as she takes us on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's journey as a champion for Women's Rights; even while married with seven children, Stanton was a speech writer for Susan B. Anthony, fought for and won property rights for married women, as well as equal guardianship for children.

Banneker Douglass Museum  

84 Franklin Street, Annapolis 



PH# 410-216-6180
The Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, interpret and promote African-American history and culture through exhibits, projects and programs to improve understanding and appreciation of Americas’ rich cultural diversity.  In addition to the museums standing exhibitions there are several exhibits featuring the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first Black woman elected to a State Senate. Later, she became the legislative backer for the United States’ first ethnic commission, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). In celebration of the MCAAHC’s 50th Anniversary we are launching a new exhibition, Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman.

The Black Vote - Come explore the intersection of public art, Black voices, and civil rights with sixteen murals that transform the interior galleries of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Painted by regional artists, these murals interpret the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 2020 theme: African Americans and the Vote.

Brewer Hill Cemetery  WEATHER PERMITTING

800 West Street

Annapolis, MD 


11am - 4 pm hourly tours - weather permitting

PH# 443-433-8167

Guided Tours of Brewer Hill Cemetery 11am - 4pm 60 on the hour

Explore a historic cemetery with more than 7,000 people interred, include many former slaves, freemen, clergy, aldermen, doctors, lawyers, Naval Academy workers, Civil War soldiers and many people who fell victim to lynching. Many significant African Americans who built local communities as well as many Masonic Lodge members from the former Universal Lodge 14 located at 64 Clay Street. There are also some unknown people such as Mary Naylor, who was accused of poisoning her master and was hung in 1861.

Partnering with Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, demonstrations will be given on how to properly clean tombstones and map the cemetery. Historic interpretations will be included in the day long event. Bring any old funeral programs or bible pages from your family history. We encourage everyone to join us. You'd be surprised who's interred at the cemetery - people from all ethnic backgrounds.

Volunteer opportunity at Brewer Hill Cemetery  10 am - 4pm

Help BHC staff locate, map and photograph one of the oldest African American cemeteries in the United States. All materials are provided but please bring blankets or chairs and use your cell phones to photograph the tombstones.

A boxed lunch will be provided to the first 12 volunteers. Register on BHC webpage below or here at (subject line Volunteer Transcriber for Maryland Day)

Donations are accepted

Captain Avery Museum

1418 E. West Shady Side Road

Shady Side, MD


10am - 4pm

PH# 410-867-4486

Captain Avery Museum will be debuting their newly renovated historic house with fresh exhibits related to their three centuries theme of people living on the water, recreation and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay. They will have an open house with self guided tours, activities and tours of the garden.

Charles Carroll House

107 Duke of Glouchester Street

Annapolis, MD

12pm - 4pm


Explore the grand old home of the Carroll family located on the picturesque grounds of St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Carroll family played a major role in the framing of constitution. This wonderfully curated house and garden is a hidden gem on the shores of Spa Creek.

For younger audiences, participate in a scavenger hunt as well as crossword puzzles.

On display Annapolis Historian Robert Worden's "A Night of Tragedy, July 9th, 1866" on the tragic accidental drownings of the Redemptorists.

Chase Lloyd House

22 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis


2- 4 pm

PH# 410-263-2723

Take a tour of this beautiful historic home and Bay-wise gardens! Visitors are welcomed by members of the Chase Lloyd docent volunteers and will be guided through the first floor public rooms. Hear details and stories about the history of Chase Lloyd House and Chase Home.

Members of the Chase Home Garden Friends and Master Gardeners will lead guests on a tour of the 6,000 square foot Bay-wise gardens featuring native plants. Certified a Maryland Bay-Wise Landscape in 2014, visitors will learn what practices make this garden bay-wise. 

Chesapeake Children's Museum

25 Silopanna Road Annapolis, MD 

$1per person ages 1 and up

10am - 4pm

PH# 410-990-1993

Your children will enjoy playing in the museum's Chesapeake Bay themed room. There are animals and hands-on exhibits for all ages. There is also a theater with a dress up wardrobe, dentists office, Colombian market, play-kitchen and an art table. 

Hispanic Folk Tales In Spanish and English

3pm FREE with admission

Take a trip to a place where animals talk. Experience the interactive theater where the audience takes part in acting out the story of 'The Great Big Jicama', 'Who's in Rabbit's House' and 'the Lizard in the Sun'.

Four Rivers Heritage Area

Maryland Day Flag-Raising Ceremony 

Susan Campbell Park-City Dock Annapolis   



Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag raising ceremony! Join Town Crier Fred Taylor, the choir from Sunset Park Elementary School, and the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes for this annual event. It’s the perfect place to start your day, before joining a tour or visiting a historic site!

Goshen Farm Preservation Society presents Historic Goshen Farm House

1420 Cape St. Claire Road, Annapolis 21409


10am - 4pm hourly tours on the hour

3pm Historical Marker ceremony

PH# 443-994-5743

Explore this 18th century farmhouse and gardens located in Cape St. Claire. Historic Goshen Farm House is located on 22 acres of wooded land and has several outbuildings as well as a 'sharing' garden, a pollinator garden, monarch waystation and Henson- Hall Slave garden. There is a self- guided walking trail and in addition to the sharing garden, hoop house (green house) that will be open to visitors on Maryland Day Weekend 2020. At 3pm there will be a ceremony unveiling the first of nine "County Roadside Historic markers." 

Donations welcomed to help preserve and restore the site as well as an education center.

Hammond Harwood House

19 Maryland Avenue

Annapolis, MD


12 - 5pm


Hammond Harwood House will be celebrating Maryland Day with half hour tours of this beautiful 1774 house and its famous collection of art, furniture and decorative pieces.Families can enjoy fun facts and children's game "haversack' for use in the garden. The garden and a special exhibit will be open for free.

Homestead Gardens

743 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville 


9 am -6pm PH#410-798-7000

Davidsonville Green Expo presented by the Davidsonville Area Civic Association - 

40 exhibitors offer information, education and demonstrations on environmentally friendly products, sustainable lifestyle, lawn and garden techniques, agricultural practices, energy use, water conservation and preservation, recycling, land use and conservation. At the expo you will find all you need to live a sustainable life, protect and preserve our environment, waterways and our Chesapeake Bay.

In keeping with the theme, DACA is partnering with Annapolis Green to make Expo a ‘Zero Waste’ event. 

Kunta Kinta- Alex Haley Memorial

Randall Street and Compromise Street, Annapolis

All Day


Visit the site of Kunta Kinte’s arrival from Gambia and take in the messages from the Story Wall featuring quotes from Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

Maryland Day Flag-Raising Ceremony 

Susan Campbell Park-City Dock Annapolis   


Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag raising ceremony! Join Town Crier Fred Taylor, the choir from Sunset Park Elementary School, and the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes for this annual event. It’s the perfect place to start your day, before joining a tour or visiting a historic site!

Maryland Federation of Art/ Circle Gallery 

18 State Circle Annapolis


PH# 410-268-4566
View fine art, jewelry and crafts from Maryland artists. Receive 10% off all Maryland artists.

Maryland Hall

801 Chase Street

Annapolis MD   


PH# 410-263-5544

Visit the Galleries at Maryland Hall! Exhibits on display include Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies, From Our Living Room to Yours: The Leroy Hoffberger School of Painting and Unnatural Causes.

Maryland State House 

100 State Circle,



PH# 410-260-6400
The Maryland State House is the oldest state capital still in continuous legislative use. Enjoy the immersive State House exhibits, including the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber. Explore important historical events that happened underneath the dome and in the chamber of the only state house ever to have served as the nations capital. Maryland State Archives curatorial staff will be on hand for this special event.
ID required to enter if you are over 21.

Old Fox Books - Jazz Trio

35 Maryland Avenue


PH# 410- 626-2020

See business specials for Maryland Day discounts

Pride of Baltimore ll 

1 Dock Street Annapolis  


10 am – 6pm  

PH# 410-539-1151

Walk across the gangway and come aboard to learn about Maryland's world renown tall ship,

Pride of Baltimore II. Explore the deck and talk to the crew. Learn about the history of privateers, Baltimore Clippers, and Pride ll. Hear from a crew member what it's like to live aboard and sail a tall ship today. Tours are available to guests of all ages. (Unfortunately Pride II is not handicapped accessible)

St. John’s College - Mitchell Gallery - Mellon Hall

60 College Ave Annapolis   



PH# 410-626-2556

American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection

Explore this lovely exhibition of Native American artistry that dates from1200 to 1850.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust - Guided History Hike

of the Bacon Ridge Natural Area

Meet at Bacon Ridge Trailhead on Hawkins Road just south of the 97 overpass in Crownsville MD.


Hike times are:10 am -12pm and 1pm - 3pm Length 2- 4 miles

Get outside and enjoy your local woods! Join us as we explore the landscape for clues in the history-rich

Bacon Ridge Natural Area. Together we'll learn how humans and nature have interacted to make the landscape we see today, all while enjoying the beautiful 900+ acre protected forest.

*All ages are welcome but keep in mind it is an unpacked trail through the woods.

Dogs on leashes are welcome.

Contact Sarah at or call 410-980-6837 to reserve your spot!

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 

647 Contees Wharf Road



PH# 443-482-2220
Science Saturday! All About Climate Change 9:30 am -12pm

Learn about how SERC scientists are studying climate change and how it's affecting local species and environment.

Explore the trails at SERC!
Located on the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, the SERC campus boasts 2,650-acres of forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline. With almost a dozen geocache sites located along the trails, visitors are welcome to search for them and practice their GPS skills while enjoying a lovely hike.

United States Naval Academy Visitor Center

52 King George Street


9am - 5pm


Join our Maryland Residence Frequent Tour Program!

Present your Maryland driver's license for your first tour with us. You will be given a MD membership card. Every time you return with one or more guests your tour will be free! While you are visiting explore our FREE exhibit hall and watch our film in the Visitor Center.

VisitAnnapolis Visitors Center 

26 West Street and City Dock




Information Specialists can help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Celebration adventures including a free Maryland Day Program and information about local things to see and do. Stop by the West Street location to have your picture taken at our photo booth, complete with colonial props for kids! Information specialists are ready at both locations to help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Weekend adventures.

Watermark CruisesAnnapolis Harbor and USNA Cruise

Annapolis City Dock, 1 Dock Street

Children cruise free with paying adult

11am- 6pm

-Join Watermark Cruises for their opening weekend and enjoy a 40 minute cruise exploring Annapolis Harbor and the US Naval Academy on the Harbor Queen! See the full schedule on the link below.

no reservations required - boat boards 15 minutes before the hour.

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis



PH#  410-263-1860

Experience 'Our Legacy of Greatness' with speaker Pam Sherbia and Silent PRAZE Mime Ministry youth group from Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

William Paca House and Garden

186 Prince George Street Annapolis


12 - 4pm

PH# 410-221-6964

Visit the William Paca House and Garden and find the house full of excitement and conversation as the Annapolis Living Historians bring the house to life. This family-friendly day includes Maryland- themed activities.

Then explore the 2 acre pleasure garden!


43 Pinkney Street

12- 4 pm


The tradespeople of Annapolis have been hard at work. They will share their skills at carpentry, baking, spinning, printing and more.Help sew a replica of the John Shaw Flag, Maryland first flag for the United States.

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