Check the calendar as oftentimes the Annapolis sail/powerboat show happens on Columbus Day weekend ( as is this year) and it is CROWDED!!My father is headed to the Air Force game at Navy to see my DS as he was Air Force and he could not get a room except for 20 miles away.We have already decided that we won't attend next year. We are not the least bit interested in football nor viewing a parade and would prefer to visit on a 3 day weekend (Columbus Weekend). This will allow us to spend more time with our Mid and ideally won't have much of Saturday shaped around a football game. The wife and I have seen college classes and we have both seen dorm rooms. Also, Columbus weekend is less 'crowded ' in the Annapolis area. (I am not disparaging USNA football - it's just not how I would want to spend the limited time we have to see our Mid and do what is interesting to us)
But your Mid still is required to attend the home game, if there is one. Oh now I get it, maybe Navy is away next year for that weekend because I know they're home playing AF this Columbus Day weekend.
My point is Columbus Weekend with or without a home football game still provides us with all day Sunday and Monday and no parade on Friday. If there is a football game - we would attend and as you say - the Mid has to attend