Four score and seven years after the Declaration of Independence, the first Republican president made a speech in which he stated that the forefathers of America had dedicated it to a proposition: that all men are created equal. But why do immigrants associate their citizenship to Independence Day? Independence Day is a celebration of America in being an independent nation.
Hundreds in NY celebrate Independence Day by becoming American citizens
On Tuesday, 2nd of July 2013 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services held a naturalization ceremony in New York City, one of similar events nationwide to coincide with the July 4 holiday. Three-year-old Fatoumata Sangary, left, helped her mother, Janet Dweh, celebrate becoming an American citizen, and 4-year-old Kenia King’s mom was also sworn in.
Russian immigrant Natalie Rudneva has been to lots of barbecues and fireworks celebrations on Independence Day — but this year will be different. “It’s going to be my holiday now,” said Rudneva, 29, a teacher in Port Jervis, N.Y. — and one of hundreds to take the oath of U.S. citizenship Tuesday in special Manhattan ceremonies celebrating July 4.
Janet Dweh, 24, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice graduate, held 3-year-old daughter Fatoumata Sangary’s hand before reciting the pledge of allegiance during the final swearing-in of the day at the downtown offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“I feel like I took another step towards being a proud American,” said the Liberian immigrant, who came to the Bronx when she was 11.
For the very first time, you will celebrate July 4th as an American,” she said.
New York City sommelier Michael Madrigale posted a photo on Twitter of his wife, Colombia-born Norma Granados, celebrating her new U.S. citizenship on Twitter.
Colombian immigrant Tomas Castellar, 78, who had a small American flag tucked in his shirt pocket, said he was planning to have a family cookout in the Bronx for the Fourth of July — complete with a roast pig and a turkey.
“I feel totally different,” said the retired construction worker. “Now, I can vote. This was a magnificent day.”
City College of Technology student Fredelin Perez Ogando, 19, posed for photos with friends after the ceremony.
“I felt American already,” said the Dominican-born teen. “I just wanted to make it official.”
Written by E. Pearson