The Independence Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello
This year marks the 243rd anniversary of the US adoption of the Declaration of Independence. That on its own is reason enough to attend Monticello’s historic celebration. After all, Thomas Jefferson was one of its authors!
But Monticello makes the occasion even more meaningful by having a beautiful naturalization ceremony for new US citizens. A moving event that has taken place on July 4th for 50 years, there is usually not a dry eye in the house.
With a long list of prestigious naturalization keynote speakers, this year is certainly no
different. Khizer Khan, constitutional rights and national unity advocate and a Gold Star parent, will deliver the 57th annual keynote address for the Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.
This year, more than 70 new American citizens will attend and receive their citizenship. Best of all, the ceremony is free to the public. Reservations are recommended for the shuttle and the free walk-through of the first floor of Monticello. For the new American citizens, Monticello also hosts a picnic.
The event is held from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and does require tickets even though it’s free. You can get them here.
Enjoy not only the featured speaker, but a Jeffersonian Open House, patriotic music, and more! It’s the most patriotic way to enjoy the 4th of July.