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Earth Day on MD Avenue
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Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 28th 10am-5pm to save the date for the annual Earth Day & Spring Festival in one of the most quaint streets in Annapolis. Festivities will be located between State Circle and the Naval Academy gate, taking place primarily on Maryland Avenue. If you are a fan of artists, live music, outdoor dining, and shopping – this is the event you don’t want to miss. As always, admission is free and the activities planned are fun for all ages.

Each year this downtown festival celebrates the arrival of the Spring season. This year Earth Day will also be honored by including an emphasis on saving the climate and taking sustainable action towards a healthy environment.

What is Earth Day?

In 1970, a major national effort was created and organized to focus attention on the importance of a movement directed towards the recognition of a healthy environment. Some events that first led to this collective, non-partisan rally included concerns with air and water pollution due to oil spills, toxic dumps, and lack of control of factories emitting gases into the air.

Earth Day on Maryland Avenue
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On April 22, 1970, all types of environmental issues became subjects for education and discussion with the support of colleges and universities, as well as participation by 20 million Americans. Earth Day ignited the creation U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act. Later recycling efforts were initiated.  Earth Day became an international movement in 1990.

Earth Day on Maryland Avenue
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Earth Day & Spring Festival on Maryland Avenue

The festival will feature a variety of creative vendors displaying and selling artwork, handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, home decor and more along Maryland Avenue, beginning at State Circle with the beauty and elegance of the State House in full view. Vendor tents and activities will be lining the avenue in the direction of the Naval Academy gate.

Earth Day on Maryland Avenue
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Consider having brunch at Galway Irish Pub. Harry Browne’s, with outdoor seating, is another great choice for lunch just around the corner on State Circle. If you prefer to eat and stroll, pick up a sandwich or snack from one of the convenient eateries. A beer garden will also be available during the festivities.

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This historic area, known as the ‘boutique shopping district’, is comprised of more than 30 businesses, personal services, and shops with individual charm. Browse the antique shops, clothing stores, and coffee shops that double as book and music stores. Enjoy the architecture by viewing the historic homes and converted B&Bs.

Get to know Maryland Avenue! The festivals happen rain or shine!

Lois Villemaire

Lois Villemaire is retired from a career in local government and is now exploring her interest in creative writing, sometimes combined with researching family history. The latter has provided her with colorful and unique material. Lois enjoys walking around downtown and practicing yoga. She volunteers at The Wellness House of Annapolis, a strength and support resource for cancer patients, survivors, and their families. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and they love reading, restaurants, music, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.