Update for 2021:

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and following all state and local guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our visitors. We will post updates and information on this page for the 2021 4th of July program as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

Video of the 2020 Virtual 4th of July Commemoration

In this video: Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Jon Meacham reflect on our country’s founding principles, and the role Thomas Jefferson envisioned citizens playing in moving the nation forward; Spanish-American chef, José Andrés, shares his passion for being a “citizen of the world” through his non-profit, World Central Kitchen; and Annette Gordon-Reed interviews Velma Williams, the great-great-granddaughter of Peter Hemings, Jefferson’s enslaved cook and brewer. Ms. Williams turned 100 years old on July 4, 2020.

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The Thomas Jefferson Foundation gratefully thanks the following individuals and companies for their support of Monticello’s Independence Day celebration:

The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
Joe and Sally Gladden
Brent and Lindsay Halsey
Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Foundation

Additional support provided by:

The Richard D. & Carolyn W. Jacques Foundation
2RW Consultants
Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Architects
Martin Horn
Michie Tavern
Shelter Associates

Video of the 2019 Ceremony

Mr. Khan's remarks start at 11 minutes, 15 seconds. The new citizens take the Oath of Citizenship at 39 minutes, 15 seconds.

Read a transcript of Mr. Khan's remarks »