2022 Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony


There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than Monticello. Join us as we mark the 246th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and welcome more than 50 new American citizens at our 60th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.

Keynote Speaker: Piedmont Virginia Community College president Frank Friedman

This year's event will also include:

  • Music from the Charlottesville Band and Charlottesville Opera.
  • After the ceremony, enjoy free root beer floats and kid’s activities on the West Lawn.

Ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m.

Parking will be available at Piedmont Virginia Community College and shuttles to Monticello will run throughout the morning. Registration for timed shuttles coming soon!

Can't attend the ceremony in person? We will livestream the ceremony on our Facebook page, website, and YouTube channel.

Video of 2021 Monticello Virtual Independence Day Commemoration


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