There's lots to love about Baltimore — the great neighborhoods, the O's, the Super Bowl champion Ravens, the history, our hard shell crabs . . .
According to the city's official Visit Baltimore website, Charm City was named for Caecilius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore and the first proprietary governor of the Province of Maryland, and formally established July 30, 1729.
Initially, Baltimore was established to serve the economic needs of Maryland farmers, but the city's "proximity to the Caribbean encouraged its swift growth in the 18th century as a granary for these sugar-producing colonies," according to Visit Baltimore.
We just want to say, "Happy Birthday!" That's a lot of candles.
And here's to another awesome 284 years . . .