Why we celebrate Maryland Day on March 25

Posted at 11:29 AM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 14:33:23-04

The state celebrates Maryland Day every year on March 25 to commemorate the day in 1634 when Maryland was settled.

At St. Clement’s Island, they landed in what is now St. Mary’s County, according to the Maryland State Archives.

The formal observance of Maryland Day began in 1903, when the state Board of Education chose one day in the school year to be devoted to the study of Maryland history. In 1916, the Maryland General Assembly authorized Maryland Day as a legal holiday.

Maryland Day this year coincides with Good Friday, a day when many government offices are already closed. City of Annapolis offices will be closed Monday, March 28 in observance of Maryland Day.

There are some celebrations planned for Maryland Day, including the Price of Baltimore II’s visit to Annapolis City Dock. The public is invited to take a free deck tour of the ship. 

At the event, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford proclaimed March 25, 2016 to be the 382nd Maryland Day.
"It is an honor to present the official Proclamation marking the 382nd Maryland Day today," Rutherford said in a statement. "I can think of no better way to celebrate our state's rich history than to join with the Pride of Baltimore II, which for four decades has represented the people of Maryland in ports throughout the world."
During the program, Pride of Baltimore II Executive Director Rick Scott also announced a special educational partnership between the Pride II and the National Park Service's Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. The partnership, set to launch in May, will educate hundreds of students throughout the spring and fall seasons.

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