It’s the Annual Chestertown Tea Party Celebration
Chestertown is celebrating British resistance with the annual Chestertown Tea Party on May 27, 2017. The annual street party will be held on Friday, May 26th.
Of course, our “resolves” for the celebration are quite different from the resolves that Chestertown citizens set forth in May 1774. Angry about the British Parliament’s closing of the Boston, MA port, they set forth “resolves” not to import, sell, or consume tea in the town.
Re-enactment of the Chestertown Tea Party Rebellion
According to legend, Chestertown residents gathered in the town square and then marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes and tossed the ship’s cargo of tea overboard.
The re-enactment of the rebellion is the centerpiece of the festival. Billed as “Not your grandmother’s tea party. From colonial to quirky!”, the tea toss is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Always a ton of fun, you’re sure to enjoy this historical re-enactment with a modern day flair.
You’ll want to join the crowd that lines High Street to cheer passing colonial militia, the marching bands, and the costumed children in the colonial parade.
You’ll find all of the festival events along the Chester River, as well as the historic 18th century Chestertown, Maryland district. Best of all, there’s no admission to the festival!
What Else Does the Festival Have To Offer?
Well, you can enjoy the colonial parade, the street party, raft race, and numerous street performances. Vendors will have colonial crafts to sell with demonstrations on how they are made. All the while, strolling street musicians will serenade you.
There is also the Classic Distance 10 Mile Run and 5K Run/Walk and much more! On Sunday, enjoy the wine and craft beer tasting at Wilmer Park, 12-4 p.m. This stellar event features local Maryland craft brews and wineries.