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38th Annual Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center Celebrates Diversity, Freedom and Citizenship | Jul 4

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WHAT:     38th Annual Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center

WHEN:     Tuesday, July 4:  11:30 a.m. concert by Navy Band Northwest; 12-1 p.m. ceremony

WHERE:   Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center

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SEATTLE – Seattle Center hosts the 38th Annual Naturalization Ceremony, noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 4th, and invites the public to observe as The Honorable David G Estudillo, Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington, swears in over 500 candidates as new citizens of the United States of America. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services District 41, Acting Director Leanne J Leigh will present the candidates at this event, reaffirming the meaning of United States citizenship.  It is an important day for the new citizens who come from diverse cultures across the globe.

Seattle Center, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington partner to produce the Naturalization Ceremony, held annually at Seattle Center for the past 37 years (event not held in 2020).  Several local and national dignitaries will be present and speak at the event.  All countries represented will be announced, and the eldest applicant and military personnel for citizenship will be introduced.

The program commences with the posting of Colors by the Washington State Guard Honor Guard and the singing of the national anthem by soloist Maria Plancich Kesovija, accompanied by Navy Band Northwest, followed by a Native American welcome by performers Gene Tagaban, storyteller, and musicians Peter Ali and Swil Kanim.  Gospel singer Josephine Howell will give her heartfelt rendition of America the Beautiful.  The Children of our Nations will lead the new citizens in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for their first time as U.S. citizens.

Join us in congratulating our Newest Citizens on July 4th!

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In 2023 Seattle Center is expanding its role to provide maintenance and public safety services for Seattle’s new Waterfront Park, a series of new public spaces on Seattle’s downtown waterfront between Pioneer Square and the Seattle Aquarium. Seattle Center will support managing these new waterfront public spaces in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Waterfront Seattle, which offers the community a range of recreational and cultural programming.  Thanks to the support of Official Seattle Center Partners – Alaska Airlines, The Climate Pledge, Coors Light, Pepsi, Premera, Symetra, T-Mobile, and WaFd Bank – Seattle Center is the #1 arts and entertainment destination in the Pacific Northwest with 12 million annual visitors, generating $1.864 billion in business activity and more than $631 million in labor income annually.