NATIONAL MARYLAND DAY
On August 24, we usher in the 7th state to join the Union with National Maryland Day. Maryland’s coastal location brings with it not only a deeply rooted naval heritage but an ocean battle defending the city of Baltimore and Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812 inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words that later became our National Anthem.
Just over 200 years before these traditions were established, Captian John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay and the Nanticoke River.He kept a record of his travels, documenting the Native American people and their cultures, the abundant animal, and plant life. This vast watershed is the largest estuary in the United States.
This vast watershed is the largest estuary in the United States. The Chesapeake Bay watershed is a complex ecosystem encompassing more than just the bay. From the farthest reaches of every tributary feeding the bay, the air, flora and fauna surrounding it and into the depths of the bay itself, the Chesapeake watershed is full of diverse and abundant life and is just one of Maryland’s gems.
Spending a weekend or a vacation at Ocean City with friends or family is tradition or a highlight to a trip. The boardwalk and beaches provide plenty of relaxation, adventure and fun in the sun. The Eastern Shore offers scenic views, site seeing, peaceful accommodations, festivals and events for everyone.
Head west to Antitiem and Maryland will take you into another era of history. Here, the battlefields and Antietam National Cemetery hold a solemn reminder of the bloodiest singled day battle of the Civil War that occurred on September 17, 1862. Five days later, President Lincoln issued a Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. While Maryland was a southern state as defined by the Mason-Dixon line, it never seceded from the Union. Many families fought on opposite sides throughout the war. This may have been true for families in other states, but it was a reoccurring theme for Maryland families.
Located close to Washington D.C. makes Maryland ideal for aerospace, defense and cybersecurity federal jobs. The state’s fishing industry thrives and is the largest producer of blue crabs in the state. The state is also home to McCormick & Company, Perdue Farms, Lockheed Martin, Black & Decker and Underarmor.
HOW TO OBSERVE
This beautiful state spans mountains and oceans, countryside and metropolis. Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate Maryland’s people and their history on August 24. Use #NationalMarylandDay to share on social media.
Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.
Marylanders know their crab. It’s a big deal. Crab cakes, crab dip, steamed crab or a good old fashioned crab boil, however they serve it up, they serve it up deliciously and with pride. They know their seafood, but they know their crab. Don’t forget the Old Bay, either.
Follow that with Thrashers Fries and Fisher’s Popcorn from Ocean City’s boardwalk. It’s a required stop.
A traditional favorite in Maryland is stuffed ham. Seasoned cabbage, kale and onions are stuffed into a boneless ham, boiled and served cold.
For dessert, Marylanders like peach pot pie and the official state dessert, Smith Island Cake. Peach pot pie is similar to a cobbler with a sweet biscuit crust. The eight layers of the Smith Island Cake features fudge and moist yellow cake.
But, let’s remember crabs, in whole or part, are outstanding in Maryland.
MARYLAND STATE PARKS
Find all of Marylands Beautiful State Parks at Maryland.gov
Find more of Maryland at visitmaryland.org.
The Star Spangled Banner Flag House – Baltimore
National Great Blacks Museum – Baltimore
B&O Railroad Museum – Baltimore
Maryland Historical Society – Baltimore
Fort McHenry – Baltimore
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – St. Michaels
Brunswick Heritage Museum – Brunswick
Banneker-Douglass Museum – Annapolis
U.S. Naval Academy Museum – Annapolis
The Chesapeake Children’s Museum – Annapolis
Johns Hopkins - Philanthropist - (May 19, 1795 - December 24, 1873)
Born to Quakers Samuel Hopkins and Hannah Janney, Johns Hopkins became a successful businessman and philantropist whose forward-thinking provided for the development of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine among others.
Harriet Tubman - Activist - (1822 - March 10, 1913)
Civil rights activist, Harriet Tubman, earned the nickname “Moses” for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. During the American Civil War, Tubman volunteered as a cook and nurse but quickly became a scout and spy for the Union. In this role, she freed hundreds more slaves. Upon her death was buried with military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.
Frederick Douglass - Journalist - Activist - ( unknown - February 20, 1895)
As an influential orator, writer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass contributed to the antislavery movement by publishing his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave as well as two subsequent installments. He was also the editor of a prominent black newspaper and was known internationally for his powerfully persuasive speeches and essays.
Upton Sinclair - Author - (September 20, 1878 - November 25, 1968)
The author of The Jungle and the Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel Dragon’s Teeth, Upton Sinclair found success through his political beliefs.
Babe Ruth - Professional Athlete - (February 6, 1895 - August 16, 1948)
The legendary Hall of Fame baseball player nicknamed The Bambino and The Sultan of Swat was born George Herman Ruth, Jr. in Baltimore. Today, his birthplace is within walking distance of the Oriels Camden Yards stadium and center fielders now dive for line drives where his father’s 406 West Conway Street Saloon once stood.
Thurgood Marshall - Supreme Court Justice - (July 2, 1908 - January 24, 1993)
The grandson of a slave, ThurgoodMarshall became the first African American Supreme Court Justice. Leading up to his nomination, Marshall prevailed in Brown v. Board of Education resulting in the end of school segregation. He was named Chief counsel to the NAACP where the attorney was legal counsel for civil rights cases. President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit followed by a 1965 appointment by President Lyndon Johnson to the office of U.S. Solicitor General. In 1967, he was nominated to the Supreme Court.
Barbara Mikulski - U.S. Representative - (July 20, 1936 - )
As a U.S. Congresswoman, Barbara Mikulski served the state of Maryland for three decades. Since 1976, Mikulski has served as either in the House or Senate. In 1986, she became the first female Democrat from Maryland to join the Senate.
Mike Roe - Television host - (March 18, 1962 - )
Television host, narrator and advocate for skilled trade training, Mike Rowe has made a name for himself stating things frankly and without apology. He will host one of Facebook’s first TV shows, Returning the Favor, beginning August of 2017.