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Maryland Day 2018: Seven Ways to Celebrate the Seventh State

Mar 22, 2018 04:00PM ● By Brian Saucedo
By Cate Reynolds

What do Marylanders love more than anything? Maryland, of course! Maryland Day marks the anniversary of the formal founding of this great state of ours. Though the holiday is officially observed on March 25th, the party lasts for weeks. Here are a couple ways you can celebrate the greatest state in the U.S.A.:

1. First things first…crab cakes

No birthday party is complete without cake, and the best cake Maryland has to offer is the famous Maryland crab cake. Head over to Edgewater Restaurant for one of the best crab cakes in Maryland. 

“Edgewater ROCKS! The atmosphere is great, and their crab cakes are off the hook.” – Crab cake enthusiast Pete Fettig, Millersville


If you’re looking for a delicious crab cake on the Eastern Shore, look no further than Fisherman’s Inn in Grasonville. Their award-winning crab cake is the perfect meal for a Maryland Day celebration.

2. Toast the Old Line State

March is Maryland Wine Month, so why not toast Maryland with a glass of vino? Vin 909 Winecafé in Eastport has a wide array of excellent wine and craft beer. Be sure to pair your drink with one of their delicious brick oven fired pizzas. Also, check out Grapes Wine Bar of Annapolis on Saturday, March 24th from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. They will be serving Maryland-inspired cuisine and showcasing fantastic wine from the area.

If you’re in the mood for some Maryland-made beer, head over to Dry 85 in Annapolis on Thursday March 29th, from 6–11 p.m. for their exclusive Flying Dog Brewery tasting event, featuring three extremely limited barrel aged Flying Dog beers. Cheers to Maryland!

3. Step back in time

Celebrate Maryland’s 384th birthday where it all started! The Historic St. Mary’s City was Maryland’s very first colony and capital. Now, the city is a living history museum built on the foundation of the once thriving 17th-century town. Enjoy parades, live music, presentations, and free admission to living history and museum exhibits on Saturday, March 24th 10 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information check out Visitstmarys.com 

4. Root for the home team

Head to Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday, March 25th at 11 a.m. to watch the Navy Midshipmen baseball team take on Army in a doubleheader. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds support the Naval Academy Athletic Association and the Fisher House Foundation. For more information visit Mlb.com

5. Show your Maryland pride with some Maryland-themed attire

Route One Apparel is your one-stop shop for all your Maryland clothing and accessory needs. Looking for a Maryland flag scarf? An Old Bay umbrella? Maybe a Natty Boh bow tie? Route One has it all! Their products can be purchased online at Routeoneapparel.com and at several local retailers, including Kokopelli in Downtown Annapolis.

6. Explore Maryland’s capital

Kick-off your Annapolis exploration at the Maryland Day Flag Raising Ceremony on Saturday, April 7th at 11 a.m. at Susan Campbell Park. The ceremony will feature music by the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps, and flag detail by the USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes. The Flag Raising Ceremony is one of several awesome events happening during Annapolis’ Maryland Day Celebration Weekend. For a full schedule of events visit Marylandday.org

7. Capture the beauty of the Bay

Home is where the Bay is. This “Chesapeake” votive from Glassybaby.com perfectly encompasses the familiarity of a Chesapeake Bay sunset.  The best part? 10% from the sale of each “Chesapeake” votive is donated to Waterkeepers Chesapeake to support the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. Happy Birthday, Maryland!