Citizenship Ceremonies

New U.S. citizens make their pledge at Grand Canyon National Park
New U.S. citizens make their pledge at Grand Canyon National Park.
NPS/Michael Quinn

They've waited years to hear these words, "raise your right hand for the oath of citizenship." And now, for some, they speak the oath in America's most special places - its national parks. Imagine committing yourself to your new country under the towering cliffs of Yosemite or the watchful gaze of the Statue of Liberty.

"I can't think of places more appropriate to welcome our newest citizens than national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "National parks preserve significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites and are places where one can learn about and reflect on the American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship."

The National Park Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have an official partnership that encourages both agencies to co-host naturalization ceremonies in these special places set aside for public enjoyment and historical commemoration.

In 2012, almost 20 national parks held ceremonies for nearly 1,000 new Americans. Celebration sites included presidential homes,Mount Rushmore, Gettysburg National Military Park, the St. Louis Arch, and Point Reyes National Seashore (see video of past events).

See the list below for ceremonies taking place in 2013. We'll add new events as we learn of them.

For more information about the naturalization process, go to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

New citizens holding U.S. flags at a naturalization ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial

New citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

NPS photo

2013 Ceremonies

Jan. 10 Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, GA
Feb. 19 Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, NY
Mar. 5
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, CA
Mar. 20
Hampton National Historic Site, MD
Mar. 22
Federal Hall National Memorial, NY
Mar. 23
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Apr. 12
Alaska Public Lands Information Center, AK
May 15
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, DC
May 17
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, MO
May 27
Moores Creek National Battlefield, NC
June 6
Yosemite National Park, CA
June 14 Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, MO
June 14 Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, MD
June 14 Homestead National Monument of America, NE
June 20
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, WV
July 3
Crater Lake National Park, OR
July 3
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, MO
July 4
Bandelier National Monument, NM
July 4
Saguaro National Park, AZ
Aug. 9
Women's Right National Historical Park, NY
Sept. 14
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, MD
Sept. 17
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, NC
Sept. 17
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC
Sept. 17
Colorado National Monument, CO
Sept. 17
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, MO
Sept. 17
Tumacácori National Historical Park, AZ
Sept. 20
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, WA
Sept. 20
Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Sept. 20
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, DC
Sept. 28
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, GA
Oct. 25
Alaska Public Lands Information Center, AK
Dec. 20
Alaska Public Lands Information Center, AK