Governor Phil Murphy Honored to speak at today’s naturalization ceremony aboard the Battleship NJ, swearing in 40 new Americans from 23 different countries on the day of our nation’s independence. Our nation’s motto – “E Pluribus Unum” (“From many, one”) – comes to life in New Jersey.

NEW JERSEY STRONG news – Camden, NJ: Over 40 candidates will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States during a ceremony on the forecastle (forward deck) at 10am on Thursday, July 4.

Con. Donald Norcross (D-NJ 1st District) and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will offer remarks, while U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during this special ceremony aboard our nation’s most decorated battleship on Independence Day.

Past citizenship candidates originated from countries from throughout the globe, including Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal,Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

The ceremony is free to attend.

Celebrating Independence Day 2019 with Naturalization Ceremonies

USCIS reports – On July 4, we celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday and the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

USCIS marks Independence Day with naturalization ceremonies across the country. This year, we will welcome almost 7,500 new citizens in nearly 110 naturalization ceremonies between July 1 and July 5. 

USCIS to Celebrate Independence Day by Welcoming Nearly 7,500 New Citizens

USCIS reports – WASHINGTON, DC: This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our country by welcoming almost 7,500 new citizens in nearly 110 naturalization ceremonies between July 1 and July 5. Our naturalization ceremonies will be held in venues across the country, and include several notable ceremonies.

Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli will administer the Oath of Allegiance and deliver congratulatory remarks to 52 new Americans at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on July 2 in New York City, while that same day, Deputy Director Mark Koumans will deliver congratulatory remarks to new citizens at a ceremony on board the USS Constitution in Boston. On July 4, Acting Director Cuccinelli will administer the Oath of Allegiance at a special ceremony at the National Archives Museum, where the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights are housed.   

On July 4, we celebrate the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation – the United States of America – and were no longer part of the British Empire. Each year, USCIS marks Independence Day with naturalization ceremonies.

“It is an honor for me to welcome these new United States citizens as we celebrate the 243rd birthday of our nation,” said Acting Director Cuccinelli. “To host a significant event such as a naturalization ceremony on the grounds where the Twin Towers once stood is a vivid reminder of the resiliency of our nation and of why so many people around the world make sacrifices each day in order to call the United States their new home.”

USCIS is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship by offering a variety of free citizenship preparation resources for applicants and teachers, including materials like the Establishing Independencelesson plan in the Citizenship Resource Center. Immigrant-serving organizations can register to receive a free Civics and Citizenship Toolkit to help lawful permanent residents prepare for naturalization.

Naturalization is the most significant benefit USCIS offers. Immigrants who lawfully join our country through naturalization express their attachment to our Constitution and commitment to assimilate into our society.