Historic Maryland Father’s Day Events

By Preservation Maryland

Happy Father’s Day to all the Maryland dads, pops, and papas out there! Lots of historic sites and recreational spots are offering special tours, events, and experiences to celebrate the occasion, and we’re happy to highlight some of the most historic opportunities to have an epic Father’s Day – including sampling George Washington’s favorite foods, flying in an historic plane, and cruising along or just enjoying Maryland’s waterways.


Photo from Father's Day 2013 at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum.

At Riversdale House Museum, Fathers are invited to a complimentary tour of the Federal-style home. The Kitchen Guild will also be giving a free cooking demonstration of recipes enjoyed by one of America’s Founding Fathers, George Washington. More information available here.

Sotterly Plantation in Southern Maryland will offer half-price admission for fathers and tour the grounds of this National Historic Landmark.

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum will be hosting an Open Airplane Afternoon on Sunday. Admission is free but with $100 donation Dad can take flight in a historic aircraft!


7a0d45_9b20d99a9f254ae9a80d2e139495cb1cThe Calvert Marine Museum is offering a Father’s Day Brunch Cruise, though registration is required by Thursday, June 16.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be hosting their annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival all Father’s Day weekend; Friday and Saturday will feature free boating history seminars.


Celebrate Father’s Day on a free guided hike around Belmont Manor and Historic Site, including trails through the Patapsco Valley State Park. Afterwards, quest for animal evidence, scout out wildlife habitats, identify native trees and learn how to protect our watershed to earn a Junior Naturalist patch. Register here.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be returning to headline the Ocean City Air Show on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19 starting at 9am. The Thunderbirds flight demonstration team includes six pilots, flying patriotic red, white and blue F-16s that fly in formation and perform aerial maneuvers, sometimes just inches apart. They fly 40 maneuvers during their demonstration which showcase their skill and dedication.

In celebration of London Town’s heritage as a prominent seaport in colonial Maryland, boats will once again ply the South River. On Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, join living history sailors to try your hand at knots and seamanship, learn how sailors lived day to day, and experience the art and science of navigation.

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