maryland for longer summer

Take it from a local: September is one of the best months to be in Ocean City. The air temperature is ideal, the water temperature is close to its highest point, and all of the shops, attractions, and restaurants are still open. That being said, often times Marylanders find that they can’t enjoy Ocean City in September because their kids have to go back to school in late August. Is this fair? No. Do you want that to change? Of course you do. Is there a way to change it? There most certainly is!

Recently there has been a movement called “Marylanders for Longer Summers” which hopes to change the date that kids have to go back to school. The ultimate goal is to have kids start school after Labor Day; a holiday which usually grants parents the day off, thus allowing for more time at the beach. This extra time at the beach could be used to create more memories with your family, enjoy a few more days under the sun, and give you more time to relax before heading back into the hectic school year.

The main opposition to the proposal is the thought that school wouldn’t be able to be completed until late June/early July if we adopted a post-Labor Day starting date. Well, for the 2014-2015 school year, Worcester County started school after Labor Day and were able to complete their school year on June 17th. This was done without compromising any of the standard holiday closures, and only required a little planning and common sense to achieve.

There seems to be no credible reason not to support a post-Labor Day starting date, something that 72% of Marylanders agree with. The best part is, if you agree with this initiative, you can go here and let your local leaders know that you support a post-Labor Day starting date for schools. So, if you want a little extra time at the beach, some bonus fun under the sun, and chances to create more memories with your loved ones, let your local leaders know!


Ocean City never really gets quiet. It slows down, but there always seems to be something to do. Sure, you find yourself occasionally going from one end of town to another without hitting a red light, but that’s like seeing Big Foot; often talked about, but never any evidence of it happening. The off season brings a welcome change in how the town feels. Instead of the hustle and bustle of crowds and packed events in the Summer, you’re given a chance to slow down ...read more

The Harrison Group does a lot of things and covers a lot of ground. Our business can be described in many, many, many ways. With that said, each employee specializes in different parts in the spectrum that is the Harrison Group. But simply put, we are in the business of making people feel welcomed and comfortable. Hospitality. That one word, for us, is top priority and when we do that, everything else falls into place. From the maids, to the painters, to the ...read more

This upcoming Monday, is, THE BIG ONE, it is Skilligalee week. Usually Mondays are dreaded, loathed and left for the dogs. But this Monday is different, it’s the beginning of the White Marlin Open and for many in and around OCMD it’s similar to Christmas morning. Monday morning anglers will set out from Harbour Island, Ocean City on an adventure: An adventure for treasure - The White Marlin. Known to be a rare and solitary species, it has been coveted by ...read more

When living in and around the coast certain things stand out in certain summers and you begin to remember those summers because of those certain things. Say for instance, in 2001 there was a wonderful sandbar off of 28th street. You could swim pretty far out into the Atlantic Ocean and then stand up on the bar and just hang out. Float around, fish from it and when you felt like it, body surf a wave back into the beach. It was pretty great. In 2007 there was a ...read more

As a kid you want to fly. Then you grow up and, well, you still want to fly. We all want to fly. To defy gravity. To feel that weightlessness of flight and thrust ourselves towards the sky and to belong among the creatures that own it. Flight is bringing science, imagination and crazy together to create nothing short of magic. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… the Ocean City, Maryland Airshow! This weekend, if you’re in town, make sure to look to the sky, ...read more

Crazy picture huh? What a winter. Winter 2015 was not joking around, it seemed as though it would never end and when the snow kept falling well into March we started to believe that it really wouldn’t. But, alas, Spring has sprung and shined her wonderful warm rays all across The Shore and Ocean City, Maryland. Hibernation is over! And it is time to Jump! Burst Forth! Rise! It’s time to open those windows and let that wonderful fresh, crisp Spring air in and ...read more

It’s that time of the year when it is simply too cold to enjoy an afternoon stroll on the beach.  The Ocean City winds whipping off the frigid Atlantic make it hard to enjoy all the nature that the area has to offer.  If you’re still craving some nature thrills, there’s one way to get your fix while escaping winter’s chills.

The Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show is one of the years first major events in Ocean City and is sure to be a ...read more

It’s not quite winter yet. There’s been a few cold days thus far down here on the shore but nothing quite as harsh as last year. And who’s got time for it anyways? With Christmas right around the corner who’s got time for anything, let alone the weather? We’ve got shopping to do, eggnog to drink and Christmas cards to send! (We hope you received the Harrison Group’s card by the way)
With so much to do it’s hard to slow down and find time nowadays. ...read more

Each year in Ocean City, when the crowds die down and the winter breeze sweeps off the ocean onto the vacant beach, something magical happens.  As darkness rolls in and we witness the last breath of sun fade away until the morning light, Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights illuminates the town. 

This year will be the 22nd installment of Winterfest of Lights, arguably one of Ocean City, Maryland’s most popular events.  From November 20th–January 4, 2015 ...read more

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