June 18, 2013
This July 4th, 80 people from 38 countries will become US citizens at Monticello’s 51st annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.
Dave Matthews, the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave Matthews Band, will be the featured speaker at the event. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1967, Matthews became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.
Since 1963, more than 3,000 individuals have been sworn in as American citizens on Independence Day at Monticello in proceedings presided over by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia.
The ceremony is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony that takes place outside of a courtroom in the United States.
Free tickets for the ceremony are still available to the public, on a first come, first serve basis.
Tickets are available online at this website.
Tickets can also be picked up prior to July 4th at the Dominion Welcome Pavilion at Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.
Because of the Independence Day event, Monticello will not open for tours until 12 p.m. on July 4.
Additionally, all sections of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway and the Saunders-Monticello Trail, including its parking areas, will be closed until 11 a.m., Thursday, July 4.