Event At A Glance
We've had an extraordinary response for our July 4th ceremony with Dave Matthews! Tickets are now sold out, so we invite you to tune in online to watch Dave Matthews welcome new citizens from around the world on our home page -- the first time we've offered live streaming for this event. Click here to see the streaming video starting at 9 am ET.
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 the annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. It is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony in the United States outside of a courtroom.
This year, Dave Matthews, best known as the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave Matthews Band, will be the featured speaker at Monticello's 51st annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony-the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the United States.Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Matthews became a naturalized American citizen in 1980. 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.
The ceremony is held on the West Lawn of Monticello and starts at 9 a.m.; the Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) parking lot opens at 6:30 a.m. Register for an early ticket/shuttle bus boarding time for the best seating. The Ceremony will conclude at approximately 10:30 a.m. After the ceremony you are welcome to remain on the mountain or board a Monticello shuttle bus for transportation back to the PVCC parking lot. Monticello Day Pass tickets may be purchased online or onsite for house tours on July 4 after 12 p.m. Monticello house and grounds will be open until 6 p.m. on July 4.
See the expanded July 4th at Monticello page for more information about this exciting annual event.