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Special citizenship ceremonies to mark 240th anniversary of American independence

by Ray Clancy on July 4, 2016

Thousands of people were taking part in citizenship ceremonies in the United States on the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

According to the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), more than 7,000 new US citizens were taking the oath at public parks and historic landmarks nationwide.

Statue-of-Liberty‘As we celebrate the birth of our country on July Fourth, more than 7,000 new Americans will also celebrate the fulfillment of their dreams of citizenship,’ said USCIS Director León Rodríguez.

‘These new Americans will strengthen the fabric of our nation with their contributions to American society and prosperity, and be able to enjoy all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship,’ he added.

USCIS is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship. USCIS offers a variety of free naturalization preparation resources for citizenship applicants and teachers, including materials like the Establishing Independence lesson plan in its Citizenship Resource Center.

Immigrant serving organizations can register to receive a free Civics and Citizenship Toolkit to help permanent residents prepare for naturalisation.

The importance of the Declaration of Independence and Independence Day in the United States is reflected in several places on the naturalisation test. Prospective citizens may see them in six different questions on the civics test, including; What did the Declaration of Independence do? and When do we celebrate Independence Day?

To help applicants prepare for the civics test a series of 100 short videos on YouTube have been launched, one video for each civics question on the naturalisation test. The videos include subtitles in different languages, including English and Spanish, with more languages to follow.

USCIS’ Independence Day activities this year will feature a naturalisation ceremony at the William Paca House and Garden in Annapolis, Maryland. During this event Rodríguez will administer the Oath of Allegiance and deliver congratulatory remarks to 24 new Americans.

Other ceremonies include events at the New York Public Library in New York, the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Cleveland, Ohio, the Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Crater Lake National Park in Crater Lake, Oregon.

‘We encourage new citizens, their families and friends to share their experiences and photos from naturalization ceremonies on social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen,’ said a USCSI spokesman.

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