4th of July at Monticello’s Naturalization Ceremony

Monticello 2By Lynn R. Mitchell

What a wonderful opportunity for Americans but especially for those of us who live practically in the shadow of Monticello … and it’s free! An all-American Independence Day seems perfect spent at Mr. Jefferson’s house overlooking Charlottesville….

Join us July 4th! A moving Naturalization Ceremony,
a Jeffersonian Open House, free walk-through tours
of Monticello, musical performances and more

There is no place more inspirational to celebrate the Fourth of July than Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence.

This year, roughly 80 people from almost 40 different countries start their lives as U.S. citizens at Monticello‘s 52nd Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.

David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, will be the featured speaker, addressing new citizens from around the world. Christopher Job of the Metropolitan Opera and Ash Lawn Opera will sing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful.

Following the ceremony, we will host a Jeffersonian Open House! The celebration will include live entertainment, an ice cream festival, children’s activities and free first-floor tours of the house until noon.

Plan your visit

This year’s ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on the West Lawn of Monticello. Admission to the July 4 Ceremony at Monticello is FREE! Free parking for the ceremony is at Piedmont Virginia Community College – shuttle service begins from the PVCC lot at 7:30am.


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