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July 4th at Monticello - Event Details

Event Price
Admission to the ceremony is FREE and open to the public

Event Location
Monticello’s West Lawn

Event Date and Time
Monday, July 4, 2016, 9 am – 12 pm

The 54th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony starts at 9 am and will be followed by a Jeffersonian Open House featuring:

  • Free First-Floor, Walk-Through Tours of the House - Registration required!
  • Patriotic Music
  • Children’s Activities on the West Lawn

The event concludes at 12 pm.

Parking and Shuttle Information for July 4

Parking for the ceremony is available Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) with shuttle service to Monticello.  Click here to reserve a shuttle time to Monticello. We encourage guests to be ON A SHUTTLE BY 8:30 am to arrive at the ceremony on time! Return shuttles from Monticello to PVCC will be available continuously until 3 pm.

  • Parking is available at Piedmont Virginia Community College located at 501 College Drive
  • Shuttle service will be provided to Monticello, starting at 7:30 am - arrive early to allow time for shuttle service!
  • We encourage you to be on a shuttle by 8:30 am; patriotic music will be played before the ceremony
  • Regular parking at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center will resume at 10:30 am

Ceremony Live Stream

Monticello will live stream the ceremony from 9am to 10:30 am at

Prohibited Items

  • ALL weapons, including firearms, knives (including pocket knives and pen knives), mace (or pepper spray), any dangerous items, and any "dual-use" items that could be dangerous are strictly prohibited.
  • Scissors, sharp instruments, and tools are prohibited.
  • Monticello will not allow visitors to bring in bags, including backpacks of any size, shopping bags or duffel bags of any kind.
  • Do not carry any of these types of items into the security screening area. If you are unsure about an item, please do not bring it.
  • LARGE packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage and other large parcels will not be permitted.
  • Coolers, lawn furniture, animals, fireworks or firecrackers, tobacco products are prohibited.

All attendees and their belongings are subject to search, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello retains the right to restrict any other items regardless of their inclusion on or exclusion from this list. 

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lgrim's picture
Hands down the best event at Monticello each year is on July 4 when dozens of people from countries all over the globe become U.S. citizens. As an educator, I am responsible for explaining why history should matter to learners of all ages. There are days when I wish I could take everyone who is studying Jefferson and the Founders and transport them to see the July 4 naturalization ceremony at Monticello. When the new citizens talk about why this day is important to them, they use words such as hope, opportunity, and freedom. Their statements can inspire all of us to support the experiment in self-government that Jefferson and his colleagues began over two hundred years ago.
Linnea Grim


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