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September 18, 2006

U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of the Interior's National Park Service Form Partnership to Enhance Meaning and Stature of Naturalization Ceremonies

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has developed a partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to enhance the meaning and stature of naturalization ceremonies. There is an enduring connection between the American people and the national parks, and these historic and often picturesque sites provide a perfect backdrop to naturalization ceremonies. The partnership, in turn, will allow the National Park Service to build connections between new citizens and America’s parks. Close to 50 national parks have expressed an interest in hosting naturalization ceremonies

The USCIS/NPS partnership will:

  • Match District Offices with National Parks in their jurisdictions that are interested in hosting naturalization ceremonies;
  • Support and promote local partnerships already undertaken by District Offices and National Parks; and
  • Sponsor a small number of new higher-profile naturalization ceremonies at selected parks that have a link to immigration or civic history.

USCIS will launch a campaign to promote both the partnership and individual naturalization ceremonies at National Parks around the country. The partnership will develop with many citizenship events including special ceremonies focused on Citizenship Day and other national commemorations. 

Naturalization ceremonies sponsored by the Office of Citizenship will include keynote speakers from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, USCIS, the National Park Service and other organizations.

Below is a calendar of naturalization ceremonies that have occurred or are being planned for 2006:

National Park

USCIS Office


Homestead National Monument


Flag Day

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


Flag Day

Saratoga National Historical Park


Independence Day

San Juan National Historical Park

San Juan

Independence Day

Boston National Historic Park


Independence Day

Ellis Island National Monument

New York

Citizenship Day

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis

Citizenship Day

Cabrillo National Monument

San Diego

Citizenship Day

Yosemite National Park

Fresno sub-office

Citizenship Day

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Charleston sub-office

Citizenship Day

Homestead National Monument


Citizenship Day

National Mall & Memorial Parks


Citizenship Day


Sunday, September 17th

  • National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington DC

Monday, September 18th

  • Ellis Island National Monument, New York, NY
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, MO
  • Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE
  • Charles Pinckney National Historical Site, Charleston, SC

Wednesday, September 20

  • Cabrillo National Monument (Military Naturalization), San Diego, CA

Friday, September 22

  • Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, CA

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