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37th Annual Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center Celebrates Diversity, Freedom & Citizenship

37th Annual Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center

Monday, July 4: 11am concert by Navy Band Northwest; 12-1 p.m. ceremony

Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center

SEATTLE (June 22, 2022) – Seattle Center hosts the 37th Annual Naturalization Ceremony, noon to 1 p.m., Monday, July 4th, and invites the public to observe as The Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez, Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington, swears-in candidates as new citizens of the United States of America.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services District 41 Director Anne Corsano will present the candidates at this event which reaffirms 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 36 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 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 God Bless America. 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!

For more information, call 206-684-7200 or visit www.seattlecenter.com.

About Seattle Center
Seattle Center is celebrating 60 years with all that is “New, Now, and Next” as Seattle’s hub for arts, sports, community events, and cultural festivals. Originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the dynamic 74-acre campus has transformed over the years to respond to, reflect, and represent the region’s ever-broadening community. Seattle Center and its iconic International Fountain are often referred to as the “Heart of Seattle,” serving as a treasured community gathering place where the local, regional, national, and international visitors come together every day. Today more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations reside on the grounds, along with a diverse variety of public programs and thousands of events attracting more than 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.


Meghan McLaughlin, meghan.mclaughlin-c@seattle.gov

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