Americans have been observing Memorial Day for more than a century. The national holiday calls for the annual celebration and honor of those who have passed away serving in the military. Naturally, many businesses close their doors on the last Monday of May, the day of celebration. This year, the holiday falls on May 27th.
Rock Hall is known for the quaint charm it provides citizens and visitors alike. In fact, the small town sports a cozy population of only 1,200. Typically, the charisma of such a little community is alluring for people who want to get away from it all. However, seeking out things to do in Rock Hall, Maryland on Memorial Day either for or after the patriotic celebration, can be tricky.
The following list offers some insight into activities in or around Rock Hall that the whole family can enjoy on Memorial Day.
The Tea Party Festival
While Rock Hall itself doesn’t have a Memorial Day celebration for 2019, you can still participate in a red, white, and blue festivities in Chestertown.
The festival honors the events that took place on May 23rd, 1774, when a mass of citizens protested the notorious British Tea Act. Famously, protesters dumped the entire tea cargo of a large ship into the Chester River, similar to their Bostonian counterparts.
The 42-year-old Chestertown Tea Party Festival is only a 20-minute drive from Rock Hall. There, attendees can expect a fun “tea toss” reenactment, a taste of local restaurants, street performances, music, and much more.
The best part? Admission to the event is completely free.
Friends of Eastern Neck
Obviously, a crowd is not for everyone. Thankfully, the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is open to visitors this Memorial Day. In fact, this beautiful reserve is open during all seasons of the year.
The 2,285-acre island provides the people of Rock Hall with a way to enjoy this important holiday in a peaceful (and stunning) setting.
A kayak trail, lush garden, and butterfly trail are just a few activities the refuge has to offer. Overlooking the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay, people from all around the world come to explore, birdwatch, and have fun. The diversity of the several habitats the Friends of Eastern Neck has to offer ensures there’s something for everyone.
Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival
For seven years now, the town of Chesapeake Beach has hosted the Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival. Meaning, Chesapeake Beach is the perfect destination for a small Memorial Day road trip.
The family-oriented, patriotic event begins May 26th at Veterans’ Memorial Park at 10:00 AM. Also, all the events are free of charge.
At the festival, visitors can see performances by members of the Naval Academy Band, local singers, and more. Then, on May 27th, from 11 AM to 4 PM, the “FAMILY FUN DAY” at Kellam’s Field kicks off. There, people can participate in crafts, games, a picnic lunch, and more all day. Again, everything is free thanks to contributions from the local community.