Happy 4th of July 2012: America Welcomes New US Citizens
To celebrate America’s 236th Independence Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome more than 4,000 new citizens during special naturalization ceremonies from June 28 through July 10 across the country. Once these 4,000 people take their Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens, they will encompass all the rights and responsibilities of US citizenship enshrined in the country’s founding documents.
US Citizenship Swearing-in Ceremony
Along with the swearing-in of new citizens, this year’s prize ceremony will be held at the White House on July 4 where President Obama is scheduled to welcome 25 armed services members from 17 different countries as new Americans. In addition, special naturalization ceremonies will be held at Independence Hall in Philadelphia; Comerica Park in Detroit; the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and among other national historical monuments.
US troops will not be left out of the celebrations as USCIS is scheduled to swear-in more than 175 members of the U.S. armed forces who will take their Oath of Allegiance during six ceremonies to be held at Kandahar Air Force Base in Afghanistan; U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in South Korea; Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas; Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida; the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Tegucigalpa. Honduras; and abroad the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.
Activities in the White House
Independence Day celebrations are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. EST with a concert hosted by country music star Brad Paisley live on the South lawn of the White House which is being organized by the USO to honor members of the U.S. military and their families. Following the concert, the “National Mall fireworks” show will be held which can be viewed live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.
Independence Day celebrations have been hosted by Presidents over the years which generally include picnics and family gatherings on top of fireworks. However, this year’s “A Capitol Fourth,” the PBS Independence Day celebration is promised to be the biggest celebration yet. Hosted by Tom Bergeron, the celebration will include a cast consisting of “American Idol” winner Phillip Philips, Broadway-movie-TV stars Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara and Megan Hilty, and singer-songwriter Javier Colon among others.
In celebration of his 100th birthday, “A Capitol Fourth” will include a musical tribute to Gene Kelly along with Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno who is scheduled to lead a tribute to Team USA Olympic and Paralympic teams ahead of the 2012 London Games.
Ready for America’s 237th Birthday?
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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