Marlborough Day 2014

Marlborough Day is the annual Festival held in the historic town of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on the Saturday before Mother's Day. This year, it falls on Saturday, May 10th, 2014.

This year's Parade Grand Marshall is the Upper Marlboro Historic Committee, in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the town's role in the War of 1812 and our national anthem. With their help, we will have a number of historic demonistrations, including music from the War of 1812, puppet shows on the topic, historic re-creators, and a replica of the Star-Spangled Banner made by the Maryland Historic Society.

Marlborough Day is a street festival with things for all ages; we kick off with a parade at 10am and continue through the day with live music, dance and martial arts performances, children's activities, a moon bounce, library book sale, an animal show, arts and crafts vendors for last-minute Mother's Day gifts, information booths from government and non-profits and lots of great food.

Vendor Uodate, May 8th @ 3am

I've just posted the assigned locations. Locations of food vendors are not listed, as we're waiting for confirmation on the food court location.

New for 2014:

Quick Info and Links:

Information for Guests:

Parking for Marlborough Day:

Guests should take MD Route 4 to the Water Street exit towards the Prince George's Equestrian Center / Show Place Arena. If you are coming from US 301, take the MD 4 exit to Upper Marlboro. If you are coming from MD 202, turn right at MD 725, then there is an immediate left on Race Track Road that will take you to the Equestrian Center parking lots.

It's a short walk from the Equestrian Center to Main Street, but there is also a shuttle bus available.

Guests needing handicapped parking should take the Water Street exit towards the Town of Upper Marlboro, and park in the courthouse parking lot, across from Church Street and the 7-1.

Road Closures

Gov. Oden Bowie Drive will be closed for the whole day, as we will have a stage, vendors and activities near Schoolhouse Pond.

For those attempting to get from MD Route 4 to Old Marlboro Pike or Old Crain Highway you will be forced to turn at Church Street, but expect delays due to handicapped parking and police telling people to turn around to go back to the Equestrian Center to park.

For those attempting to get from Old Marlboro Pike or Old Crain Highway to MD Route 4; if you are heading east, you should take Old Marlboro Pike to access Route 4 at Richie Marlboro Road. If you are heading west, you can either use the access from Richie Marlboro Road or Old Crain Highway.

Members of St. Mary's church should have received parking passes for Saturday services. You should turn into the church's driveway on Main Street as the gate from Gov. Oden Bowie Drive will be blocked.

Information for Participants:


Parade partipants should arrive around 9am. The parade starts moving at 10am. If you did not provide the two 3x5 index cards with your submission, please come early as we need them completed as part of the check-in process.

For vendors & information booths, important times are:


Parade Participants and Vendors should approach the Town from the east on MD 725 (Main Street).

From MD 202 / Largo Road:
at the end, turn right onto MD 725.
From US 301 / Crain Hwy:
turn at MD 725
From MD 4 / Pennsylvania Ave:
take the US 301 North exit, turn left at the second light (MD 725)

Parade participants should turn right on Gov. Oden Bowie Drive and park in the County Admin. Building parking garage, on the left. (Please note -- we only have permission to use the middle and upper levels; floats and oversized vehicles should remain on the street)

Note: This year we will not be re-opening Gov. Oden Bowie Dr. at noon; if you believe that you will need to leave before 5pm, please park on Judges Drive or at Equestrian Center.

Vendors should stop at the checkpoint near Pratt Street to verify their vendor location, then continue on Main Street to unload their vehicles, and then move their vehicle to off-street parking. Main street will be one-way for vendor setup and teardown.

Vendors may park at :

Entertainers should approach as per the instructions for Guest Handicapped parking. Entertainers at the Food Court Stage or Water Street Dance Stage may wish to park at the old school building across from the Post Office on Elm Street. (this would require approaching the town via Old Crain Highway or Old Marlboro Pike).

Vehicles / Street Closures

Vehicles must be off the streets by 9am. Vendors may not move their vehicles back onto the streets until 5pm. Normal traffic resumes at 6pm.

Contact Information

Ads & Sponsors (855) 626-1111 x5 Application Form
Arts & Crafts Vendors (301) 736-3518 Application Form
Entertainers (855) 626-1111 x4 Application Form
Food & Beverage Vendors (301) 736-3518 Rates ; Application
Non-Profit Information Booths (301) 736-3518 Application Form
Parade Participants (855) 626-1111 x3 Application Form
Everything Else (855) 626-1111 x7