Independence Day Open House
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Fourth of July events at the William Paca House and Garden commemorate William Paca’s signing of the Declaration of Independence—America’s 1776 birth certificate. The day begins with an inspirational Naturalization Ceremony where dozens of people from communities around the globe become America’s newest citizens in a stirring ceremony. The celebration continues as visitors tour the grand Georgian mansion William Paca built 250 years ago and wander the paths of his beautifully-restored two-acre pleasure garden. Along the way, visitors will likely encounter Mr. Paca himself and other notable Annapolis residents and hear why they pledged their lives, fortunes, and honor to the revolutionary cause of American independence. Special this year, hear Frederick Douglass read his famous speech, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?, originally presented in front of the Maryland State House in 1852. Hands-on activities for all ages will bring the struggles of American independence to life.
10 am: Naturalization Ceremony
11 am - 4 pm: Living History in the William Paca House