|WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will celebrate Independence Day this year by welcoming more than 9,400 new citizens in 170 naturalization ceremonies between June 30 and July 7. These |
ceremonies demonstrate our commitment to welcoming immigrants.
USCIS is proud to welcome people from all over the world as our newest U.S. citizens during this celebration of Independence Day. “This year
marks the 245th birthday of our Nation,” said Acting USCIS Director Tracy
“We are committed to promoting policies and procedures that ensure we operate fairly and efficiently, and continue to encourage and embrace the full participation of the newest Americans in our democracy.”
Each July 4, we celebrate the day the Second Continental Congress
adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring that the 13
American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation—the United
States of America—and were no longer part of the British Empire.
USCIS commemorates this momentous occasion by hosting special
Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the
This year’s Independence Day activities will include two special
ceremonies. This includes a naturalization ceremony with President
Biden at the White House on July 2 and a ceremony with Secretary of
Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas administering the Oath of
Allegiance virtually to 22 military service members serving overseas,
which took place on June 30.
Additional ceremonies marking this year’s Independence Day include a
ceremony with Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien at the
USCIS Atlanta office, ceremonies aboard the USS Constitution Museum in Boston with Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday and the
Battleship USS Iowa in Los Angeles, and a special ceremony at George
Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Throughout all these ceremonies, USCIS will honor and recognize the
commitment and contributions immigrants make to our Nation,
including military members, front-line workers, and COVID-19 heroes
who have played a critical role in helping our country respond to and
recover from the COVID-19 global pandemic.
View a list of highlighted 2021 Independence Day-themed ceremonies.
USCIS reaffirms its commitment to making the naturalization process
accessible to all who are eligible. Since the beginning of the Biden-Harris
administration, we have taken a number of steps to support
implementation of Executive Order 14012: Restoring Faith in Our Legal
Immigration System and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, including the reinstatement of the 2008 civics test,
which took place in February.
Reverting to the 2008 civics test was in keeping with other updates with
the same purpose. Following each naturalization ceremony, we
encourage new U.S. citizens to share their naturalization stories and
photos on social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.
(Press release from the USCIS; Featured photo from the office of Gov. Cuomo)