Friday, July 3, 2009

Becoming a Citizen this Fourth of July

Americans across the country will become naturalized US citizens this weekend in ceremonies timed to coincide with the Independence Day holiday. Places as diverse as Cleveland, Tallahassee, Phoenix, and Annapolis will host naturalization events along with marching bands, barbecues, and fireworks displays.

For the first time, a ceremony will be held at Mount Vernon, President Washington’s home. There’s even one planned at Disney World, where a thousand people will become US citizens in the park’s “Main Street USA.” (Disney has cleverly timed this event with the opening of their new Hall of Presidents, naturally.)

Do you have a naturalization story? Will you be attending the ceremony of a loved one this year?

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