Region's Largest Fourth Of July Naturalization Ceremony Celebrates Diversity, Freedom And Citizenship

Seattle Center hosts the Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, and invites the public to observe as The Honorable Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Circuit Court Judge, swears in over 500 candidates from more than 80 countries as new citizens of the United States of America. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services District Director Anne Corsano will present the candidates in this event that reaffirms the meaning of United States citizenship. It is an important day for the new citizens, who come from diverse cultures across the globe to make the United States-and Seattle-their new home.

Seattle Center, City of Seattle, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and United States District Court for the Western District of Washington partner to produce the Naturalization Ceremony, held annually at Seattle Center for the past 34 years. All countries represented will be announced. The eldest applicant and military personnel for citizenship will be introduced. Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams will welcome attendees, followed by addresses by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and congratulatory addresses by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.

Navy Band Northwest will offer a pre-ceremony performance beginning at 11:15 a.m. The formal program begins at 12 p.m., commencing with the presentation of colors by the Washington State Guard Color Guard and the singing of the United States National Anthem by soloist Maria Plancich Kesovija, followed immediately by a Native American welcome by performers Gene Tagaban, storyteller, and musicians Peter Ali and Swil Kanim. Total Experience Gospel Choir, directed by Patrinell Wright, also performs during the ceremony, and the Children of our Nations, representing several of the represented cultured, will lead the new citizens in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for their first time as U.S. citizens.

Organizers of the Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony encourage the public to join them in this free event. For more information, call 206-684-7200 or visit

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