2022 Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony

Ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m.

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.

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.


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.

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About Frank Friedman

Frank Friedman

Frank Friedman has served as President of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 1999. As President, he provided leadership and management for an institution of 5,500 students, 180 full-time faculty and staff and a budget of over $30 million. Upon his retirement on July 1, 2022, the State Board for Community Colleges will honor him with the title President Emeritus.

Dr. Friedman has served as a faculty member and an administrator in community colleges since 1977. He has experience as a chief academic officer, chief student services officer, director of institutional research and planning and as a faculty member in psychology and education.

Dr. Friedman has a doctorate in educational psychology and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College. 

Dr. Friedman has served on national higher education advisory commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges and The College Board. He served six years as a board member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and served three years as the elected Virginia representative to the 13-member Executive Council of the Commission. Among his honors are being named a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, recognition by Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and receiving the Community Service Award by the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council in 2005. In 2014, he was honored with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges. The award recognized his encouragement and promotion of scholarship, leadership and service among PVCC students, which are core goals of PTK. In 2018, he received the Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. In 2022, he was named Rotarian of the Year by the Charlottesville Rotary Club. 

In Charlottesville, Dr. Friedman has served on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, the United Way of Greater Charlottesville, the Jefferson School Foundation and the Blue Morning Social Entrepreneurship group. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

His wife, Sue, recently retired as Executive Director of the Jefferson School Foundation in Charlottesville. They have one son, Alex, a 2009 graduate of the University of Virginia, who lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Stephanie. 

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Welcome to our Partner Tent participants 

Albemarle Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
Archaeology Department at Monticello
Center for Historic Plants at Monticello
Charlottesville and Albemarle Offices of Voter Registration and Elections
Charlottesville Band
Charlottesville League of Women Voters
Charlottesville Opera
International Rescue Committee
Jack Jouett Chapter, NSDAR
Library of Virginia
One Small Step

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, and The Richard D. and Carolyn W. Jacques Foundation for their generous support of our Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.

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.