1 p.m., Monticello Virtual Independence Day Commemoration

Monticello’s annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony is one of the highlights of our year. While we’re unable to welcome the public back to the mountaintop this year for an in-person ceremony, we are pleased to invite you to a special virtual Independence Day program, premiering on Sunday, July 4, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

We’ll share highlights from past naturalization ceremonies at Monticello—the longest running naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom—inspiring remarks from speakers and staff, and reflect on the ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.


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:

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