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Fourth of July Celebration

Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021

Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street and Hogshead, 43 Pinkney Street

Time: 10 am - 2 pm (timed entry required)

Celebrate the 4th of July weekend with Historic Annapolis! 

On Sunday, join poet, author, and spoken word performer, Nathan M. Richardson as he captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator, former slave and leading abolistionist Frederick Douglass. Nathan-Richardson-Frederick-DouglassDuring this first-person portrayal, Mr. Douglass will present excerpts from his famous speech, “What, To The Slave, is the Fourth of July" and share more about his life, beliefs, travels and writings. A special presentation will occur at 10:30 am on the front terrace of the Paca House and will be presented free of charge. Additional presentations will occur at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm on the back terrace of the Paca House; admission fee is required.

Inside the William Paca House, it's July 4, 1776, and you'll 2021-Fourth-of-July-WPH-Paca-Reading-reducedencounter living history interpreters throughout this historic home. Meet William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence, his guests, and his servants as they discuss what that particular document might mean to the Colony of Maryland and their future. 

Then, stroll down to Pinkney Street and visit Hogshead where the tradespeople are learning of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and what it might mean to them. 2021-Fourth-of-July-Hogshead-Shaw-Flag-reducedSee a carpenter at work and sew a stitch in the John Shaw Flag! 

Enjoy additional family activities, including special face painting and games, and you can even write a letter of thanks to our active-duty military and veterans!

Please note: this event has timed entry slots. Please register via the buttons below! Walk-ups will be accommodated as space is available. Please note that masks are required for visitors while inside the Paca House and Hogshead. Masks are optional outdoors.

Cost: $8 per Adult for All Activities; $4 per Child for All Activities (3-17); $4 per person for Paca Garden Entry Only (no admission to Paca House or Hogshead); Free for Children under 3

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Historic Annapolis's primary concern is the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers. We have increased cleaning and disinfecting frequencies and monitor the health of staff and volunteers daily. In order to ensure a safe visit for you, our guests, the following policies are in effect for all who visit a Historic Annapolis property:

  • Masks are required indoors for visitors touring the Paca House and Hogshead. When you are outdoors, masks are encouraged, but not required.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for your use.
  • By entering the William Paca Garden, you are affirming that:
    • You have not been in contact with anyone who is either confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19 in the last 10 days, and
    • You are not currently sick, nor have you experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 10 days.

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