ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today celebrated the unofficial beginning of summer by placing the first umbrella of the season on the beach in Ocean City, Md., bringing back a special event that took place more than 70 years ago. This ceremonial event first took place in 1946, when Maryland Governor Harry O’Connor joined Ocean City Mayor Daniel Trimper Jr. to officially start the summer season in Ocean City by placing an umbrella in the sand. Governor Hogan was joined by Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan as well as Ocean City Council Members.

“Today, I’m pleased to join Mayor Meehan as we bring back a great Ocean City tradition and officially plant the first beach umbrella of the summer season,” said Governor Hogan. “There are a total of 100 umbrellas here today to represent the 100 days of summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.”

Ocean City receives around eight million visitors annually, with the majority visiting during the summer months. Visitors can enjoy up to ten miles of beach, a three-mile boardwalk, seventeen championship golf courses, and over 200 restaurants.