Event At A Glance
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.
We hope you will join us at 9 am for the 52nd Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony on Monticello’s West Lawn — one of America’s most moving July 4 events and the largest naturalization ceremony held outside of a courtroom.
The ceremony will include remarks by David M. Rubenstein, co-Founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, and patriotic music by the Charlottesville Municipal Band. Christopher Job, of the Metropolitan Opera, will sing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful.
In homage to Mr. Jefferson, who opened the President’s House to the public on July 4th, we will host a Jeffersonian Open House after the ceremony until noon, with free walk-through tours, live entertainment, an ice cream festival and children’s activities. We hope you can join us!
*NOTE: Parking for this year's ceremony will be at PVCC with shuttle service to Monticello. We encourage you to be ON A SHUTTLE BY 8:30 am to get to the ceremony on time! Return shuttles from Monticello to PVCC will be available continuously until 3pm.
- See the details of the event »
- Watch the video of last year’s July 4th speaker, Dave Matthews »
- Take a look back at 50 years of Independence Day Celebrations and Naturalization ceremonies at Monticello including photos and speeches From President Truman to architect I. M. Pei.
- July 4th Speakers at Monticello, 1936-2013