Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, as it holds an annual naturalization ceremony, and this year is the ceremony’s 51st anniversary: “There is no more inspirational place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Monticello, the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from every corner of the globe have taken the oath of citizenship at [Monticello]. It is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony in the United States outside of a courtroom.” (Monticello.org). Every naturalization ceremony features a well-known speaker, and this year, South-African born musician Dave Matthews will be making the presentation and perhaps sharing his own experience becoming a naturalized American in the 1980s: “His family moved frequently during his childhood, spending time in the U.S. and England in addition to South Africa, and he credits their travels with widening his frame of reference” (Monticello.org). Fast Facts: – The ceremony starts is from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Monticello’s West Lawn – Tickets are free but must be reserved. – Dress for hot, sunny weather! – Live music will include the Charlottesville Municipal Band and the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Click here for additional information and don’t forget to book your room at the Iris Inn!