Historic Annapolis (HA) hosted its annual Fourth of July event at the William Paca House on Thursday, July 4, 2019. 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. Visitors had the unique opportunity for to witness a Naturalization Ceremony, and to tour two of HA's historic properties— the William Paca House and Hogshead and celebrate the Fourth in the heart of Annapolis.
“It really is a very moving ceremony,” said Robert Clark, President and CEO of Historic Annapolis. “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 were present to give the Oath of Allegiance to the candidates. Additionally, Annapolis High School’s NROTC unit provided a cadet color guard and the National Anthem will be sung by the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis.
Following the ceremony, the Paca House was open for visitors to tour. Along the way, a re-enactor portraying Mr. Paca himself greeted guests and explained the importance of our nation’s independence. Visitors interacted with him and also bumped into other notable Annapolitans from history. Fun, family-friendly activities for kids were also offered throughout the day.