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4th of July Celebration

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2024

Location: William Paca House & Garden; Museum of Historic Annapolis; Hogshead; Waterfront Warehouse

Time: 10:30 am (EDT) - 2:30 pm (EDT)

The day will begin with an inspiring Naturalization Ceremony at 9 am – more information about that event is here.

Then, join Historic Annapolis for a 4th of July Celebration at the William Paca House & Garden, Hogshead, Waterfront Warehouse and the Museum of Historic Annapolis! Explore our historic sites as they are brought to life by our living history volunteers and special guests.

Your admission includes entry to four HA sites: the William Paca House & Garden, Hogshead, the Museum of Historic Annapolis, and the Waterfront Warehouse! 

Admission at the Paca House & Garden will be by timed entry. You may visit the sites in any order, but please plan to visit the Paca House within the half hour of your timed entry. 

Advance registration recommended.

Cost: $12 General Admission; $8 HA Members & Volunteers and Military; $5 Children (3-17); Free for Children 2 and under

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William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street

Encounter our HA living historian volunteers at every turn as they bring our historic site to life! Enjoy special family-friendly activities like a garden hunt and patriotic crafts, and explore the 2-acre Paca Garden, a restful oasis nestled in the heart of bustling Annapolis.

Special Presentation at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm:
Meet Frederick Douglass and hear an excerpt from his speech, For What to a Slave is the Fourth of July? Nathan Richardson, renowned Frederick Douglass reenactor, will speak to Frederick Douglass’s life and share his beliefs, recalling his travels and his books. 

The 10:30 am presentation with Frederick Douglass is free and open to the public, taking place on the front terrace of the William Paca House.

43 Pinkney Street

Take a short walk down Pinkney Street to Hogshead, where you’ll find colonial tradespeople who have just learned about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. What might it mean for these hardworking people?

Museum of Historic Annapolis
99 Main Street

Step into our American Story at the Museum of Historic Annapolis. Enjoy an inspiring film and explore three floors of interactive exhibits where you’ll discover diverse stories and amazing objects that represent over 400 years of our shared history! Visitors can make a patriotic craft. 

Waterfront Warehouse
4 Pinkney Street

Visit a rare surviving example of a small Annapolis waterfront warehouse from the 18th century. Today you’ll discover the model of our city, circa the late 18th century, featuring a birds-eye view of the historic landscape. A volunteer will be on hand to share tales of the waterfront and those who worked there.

This site is free for all to visit. 


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