Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony – A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event

Jul 04 to Jul 04
From: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
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Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony – A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event

Fourth of July events at the William Paca House and Garden present an annual opportunity to celebrate freedom on this historic day. 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 – an exciting way to ponder and celebrate the meaning of freedom. In addition, the day will include an inspirational Naturalization Ceremony where dozens of people from communities around the globe become America’s newest citizens. Subsequently, the William Paca House will be filled with living historians interpreting many Mr. Paca himself and other notable Annapolis residents who will share why they pledged their lives, fortunes, and honor to the revolutionary cause of American independence. Throughout the day, hands-on activities for all ages will bring the struggles of freedom and independence to life.

This Event is Brought to You By William Paca House and Garden

The William Paca House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark, restored to its colonial-era splendor by Historic Annapolis, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Annapolis. Take some time to experience the 18th century life of lawyer, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Paca, as you browse through his breathtaking home. The House is open for docent-led tours for individuals and groups. Tours take place hourly on the half-hour, last approximately 40 minutes, and encompass two floors of 18th-century history. Walk through the parlor, kitchen, grand foyer and many bedrooms, getting a true sense of what it was like to be a part of the high-society of Annapolis during the 1700s. You can take a self-paced tour of the garden at any time during open hours. After a tour, visit the gift shop and pick up some souvenirs to remember this unique experience. The house and garden can also be rented out by those seeking an historic setting for events such as weddings, meetings, and reunions.