Good fortune has many meanings and celebrating our heritage and independence is part of that large sphere. How fortunate we are to be so close to the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence as Monticello gets ready to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Since 1963 they have hosted an Independence Day celebration which includes a Naturalization Ceremony. This year’s featured speaker is comedienne and actress Tracey Ullman, a naturalized US citizen. (She holds dual citizenship with her native UK). Events begin at 9A on the West Lawn of Monticello with gates opening at 7:30. Those hoping to take tours will need to wait until the Ceremony concludes at 11A.
In addition to the Naturalization and Swearing-In ceremony, there will be performances from The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the West Point Color Guard.
History buffs remember and the rest of us need to be reminded that this July 4th marks the 235th anniversary of America’s independence. Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration died at Monticello on the Declaration’s 50th anniversary, July 4, 1826.
For a true Independence Day experience, begin at Monticello and join the newly minted American citizens as they celebrate our Nation’s rich history.