Historic Annapolis is hosting its annual Fourth of July event at the William Paca House this July 4th. Each year, the event draws both locals and tourists to celebrate the birth of our nation at the home of William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a three-term Governor of Maryland. It is a unique opportunity for visitors to witness a Naturalization Ceremony, tour the Paca House, and celebrate the Fourth in the heart of Annapolis.
The day’s events will commence with the Naturalization Ceremony at 10am in the Paca Garden. The ceremony will be hosted by Robert Clark, President and CEO of Historic Annapolis. “It really is a very moving ceremony.” says Clark. “Each year I am reminded of how proud I am to be an American when I watch people take the Oath of Allegiance and become citizens. The fact that the ceremony takes place in William Paca’s Garden just adds to the emotion—it brings everything full circle.”
Officials from the US Citizen and Immigration Services will be present to give the Oath of Allegiance to the candidates. Additionally, Annapolis High School’s NROTC unit will provide a cadet color guard and the National Anthem will be sung by the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis. Admission to the ceremony is free.
Following the ceremony, the Paca House will be open from 11am to 5pm for visitors to tour. Along the way, a re-enactor portraying Mr. Paca himself will be greeting guests and explaining the importance of our nation’s independence. Visitors may interact with him and might even bump into other notable Annapolitans from history. Educational activities for kids will also be offered throughout the day. Tours of the William Paca House and Gardens will be offered free of charge.