For Pricing When
All Guests
Shuttles start at 7:30am
Shuttles start at 7:30am
Reserve Your Spot

Every year, Monticello's West Portico becomes an outdoor courtroom where dozens of individuals take the Oath of Citizenship to become Americans.

Event Details

  • Event entry is free, but reservations required
  • Naturalization Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Shuttles to the historic mountaintop will run starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Before and after the ceremony, guests can enjoy music, free soda floats, children's activities, and the Community Partner Tent

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

On the Mountain

Visit Our Community Partner Tent

Meet the organizations making a difference in our community. Stop by our Partner Tent before or after the ceremony to make useful contacts make useful and further the dialogue on civic engagement and citizen leadership. Hours of operation: 8:30am-11:30am.

Logos of partner tent participants

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

Albemarle County Office of Equity & Inclusion

Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Charlottesville Band

Charlottesville City Office of Voter Registration and Elections

Charlottesville Tomorrow

James Madison's Montpelier

James Monroe's Highland

International Rescue Committee 

League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area 

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Albemarle Chapter
Jack Jouett Chapter

Poplar Forest 

Tom Tom Festival

University of Virginia Center for Politics

University of Virginia Karsh Institute of Democracy 

Monticello Departments and Projects
Archeology Department
Center for Historic Plants
Getting Word African American Oral History Project
Human Resources
Jefferson Library


Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on the historic mountaintop from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation wishes to express its genuine appreciation to:

The Scripps Independence Day Endowment, Sally and Joe Gladden, The Brent and Lindsay Halsey Family, Michie Tavern, The Richard D. and Carolyn W. Jacques Foundation, Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau , and the Albemarle County Office of Equity & Inclusion for their generous support of our Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.

"It just really gets you."

“I’m always in tears and get goosebumps when people give their oath. It just reminds me so much of when I became a citizen.” ~ Kay Nimax, who took part in the first Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello in 1962