Citizenship Ceremonies

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.

This year, 100 ceremonies will be held in parks nationwide to commemorate the National Park Service's Centennial and invite a new generation of Americans to national parks.

See the list below for some of the parks hosting ceremonies in 2016.

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

New citizens meet national park staff at a naturalization ceremony at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.


2016 Ceremonies





August 25th National Park Service Centennial Anniversary Naturalization Ceremonies