Enjoy a 4-day Fourth of July Weekend Celebration in the Four Rivers Heritage Area!

Jun 27 2017

Enjoy a 4-day Fourth of July Weekend Celebration in the Four Rivers Heritage Area!

The 4-day Fourth of July weekend is almost upon us! Start planning your celebration now by visiting our Events Calendar!

On Sunday, July 2, enjoy the First Sunday Arts Festival on West and Calvert Streets in the Arts District! Find out more at

On Tuesday, the Fourth, join in the local fun at one of these popular events taking place in the Four Rivers Heritage Area:

West Annapolis Neighborhood Parade
July 4, 9:30 am
Celebrate the Fourth of July at the West Annapolis neighborhood at this family friendly event. Decorate your bikes and strollers and join the West Annapolis Civic Association for a walk from Wardour Circle to West Annapolis Elementary school to picnic and party with neighbors and friends.

Independence Day Open House At William Paca House And Garden
July 4, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Fourth of July events at the William Paca House and Garden commemorate William Paca’s signing of the Declaration of Independence-America’s 1776 birth certificate. The day begins with an inspirational Naturalization Ceremony where dozens of people from communities around the globe become America’s newest citizens in a stirring ceremony. The celebration continues as visitors tour the grand Georgian mansion William Paca built 250 years ago and wander the paths of his beautifully-restored two-acre pleasure garden. Along the way, visitors will likely encounter Mr. Paca himself and other notable Annapolis residents and hear why they pledged their lives, fortunes, and honor to the revolutionary cause of American independence. Hands-on activities for all ages will bring the struggles of American independence to life.
10:00 am Naturalization Ceremony
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Living History in the William Paca House.

Shady Side Independence Day Parade
July 4, 10:00 am
The Shady Side community celebrates Independence Day with a parade from 10 to 11 a.m. It begins at Cedarhurst Road and ends at the Shady Side Community Center (the former Kiwanis Club) on Snug Harbor Road.

Galesville Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 3:00 pm (CORRECTED TIME!)
The Annual Galesville Heritage Society sponsored 4th of July Parade will kick off at 1:00 PM on Thursday the 4th of July. All are invited to attend for free. For watching comfort, bring towels or chairs to sit on.
Or, come and be part of the parade. Everyone who is part of a sports team, a scout troop, church group, classic car owner, or fire engine company is invited to march or to decorate bicycles, or to build a float and join in the fun.

Annapolis Fourth Of July Parade
July 4, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm
The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with an old-fashioned community parade. This patriotic salute to our nation is always a crowd-pleaser, with thousands of viewers lining the route. The U.S. Naval Academy presents a concert at 8:00 p.m. The night wraps up with fireworks over the Annapolis Harbor starting around 9:15 p.m.

Plan ahead, and have a safe and happy Fourth!