July 2, 2019
Fourth of July Parades in the Four Rivers Heritage Area!
The Fourth of July is coming up! Start planning your celebration now at one of these parades taking place in the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

Annapolis - Parade and Fireworks

Annapolis City Mayor Gavin Buckley invites all residents to the celebration of Independence Day with a parade and fireworks on Thursday, July 4th. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garrett Boulevard and proceed along West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street. Following the parade, the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra will perform a public concert at Susan Campbell Park. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Learn more here.

Galesville - Parade and Documentary Film

The July 4th Parade in Galesville will start at 1:00pm. The road closes at 12:30pm and will reopen after the parade. Galesville Community Center Organization is celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Galesville Rosenwald Elementary School that was built in 1929. Living history reenactors representing Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington will be featured in this year's parade. The Julius Rosenwald Documentary Film will be shown at the center after the parade, with refreshments.

Shady Side - Parade

The Shady Side community will also host its Fourth of July parade on July 4 at 10:00 a.m. The parade steps off at Cedarhurst Road and will disband at the Shady Side Community Center on Snug Harbor Road.
Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony and Celebration at William Paca House & Garden
Thursday, July 4
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony
9:00-10:00 am

Fourth of July events at the William Paca House and Garden commemorate the Maryland patriot’s approval of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The day begins with an inspirational Naturalization Ceremony where dozens of people from communities around the globe become our nation’s newest citizens in a ceremony conducted by officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Learn more here .

Fourth of July Celebration
10:00 am - 4:00pm

Come celebrate the birth of our nation with one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. William Paca and several other important Annapolitans, portrayed by the Annapolis Living Historians, will welcome you into the Paca’s home as they discuss “current” events during that momentous year of our nation’s birth, 1776. After touring the house, the entire family can enjoy some patriotic crafts and explore Mr. Paca’s 2-acre pleasure garden.

After visiting with the Pacas and Annapolis’s elite upper class, stroll on over to Hogshead. More costumed reenactors will be there to tell the story of the working class of Annapolis. Learn about the lives of colonial craftspeople and how they contributed to the Revolution with their skilled labor and patriotism. Learn more here.
Tide & Tunes: Kings of Crownsville
Thursday, July 4, 7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second St, Annapolis

The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music–from rock to folk to jazz–with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the Museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket. Learn more here.

The July 4 concert features Kings of Crownsville , a six-piece band making essential music with piano, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass and drums. Two, three, and four-part vocal harmony is their signature sound. It’s dynamic, accessible music to suit sophisticated tastes.
Revolutionary London Town
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Step back into the contentious days surrounding the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Join the people of London Town in exploring what “independence” really means. 
On Thursday, July 4th, Joel Cook will re-enact Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave is the 4th of July? " at 11am. Then, at 12:30pm, join executive director Rod Cofield who will tend bar during  Drinks with the Director . He'll share his knowledge on colonial tavern life. 
Come in early on Saturday, July 6th at 9am for Coffee with the Colonists . Get to know more about the amazing volunteers who bring history to life. 
On Saturday & Sunday, July 6 - 7, the story of Independence continues with Revolutionary London Town ! You can join the Continental Army or Continental Marines to learn musket drill, debate the merits of independence in William Brown’s tavern, and learn how colonists made a living at our Carpenters’ Shop and Tenement. And much more!

Included with general admission. Free for members. Learn more here .
Annapolis Green Presents Talk on Climate Change and Our Food
Tuesday, July 16
5:30-8:30 pm
Mathias Lab Atrium
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater

Annapolis Green and presenting sponsor Hannon Armstrong will invite the public to the second in a year-long series of talks on Climate Change at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater. The program, entitled “Tread Lightly on the Earth,” will feature a panel of experts who will address how the local food supply may be affected in the face of a rapidly changing planet. Expert speakers will explain how the accelerated pace of Climate Change is affecting food supply chains, on land and in the Bay and oceans, in easy-to-understand presentations. They will address the topics of adaptation and resiliency, answer questions and engage in a two-way discussion with the audience.

Speakers include:
· Bert Drake, Ph.D., Smithsonian scientist emeritus
· Anna Chaney, farmer, chef and caterer
· Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland, and Co-lead, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Climate Health Action Team
· Dolores R. Piperno, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
· A speaker on the effect of climate change on seafood from the bounty of the Chesapeake and the oceans in general
The presentations will be followed by Green Drinks Annapolis, allowing the audience to continue the conversation and speak with the panelists over a cocktail or soft drink and appetizers. Learn more here.
Preservation Resources on the Web
Preservation Maryland is happy to announce that their free popular PDF publication "Preservation Resources on the Web: Online Resources for Historic and Cultural Resource Preservation" has just been revised, with many additional resources added. 

This publication is meant as an introduction to the vast resources that exist online for historic and cultural resource preservation. It contains many resources and information for the preservationist, including:
  • Working with your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
  • National Resources for Historic & Cultural Resource Preservation
  • Funding Sources
  • National Park Service Resources
  • Historic Real Estate Resources & Revolving Funds
  • Building Restoration Resources
  • Educational Resources
  • Employment Resources
  • Policy and Regulations
  • Downtown & Main Street Revitalization
  • Resources for Identifying Architectural Styles
  • Heritage Travel Resources
  • Endangered History Resources

Interested in receiving a free copy via email? Please just send a request with your email address to please allow 1-2 weeks for receipt of the PDF; sorry no print publications are available). 
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