Seattle Center hosts the 38th Annual Naturalization Ceremony, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday July 4th at the Fisher Pavilion, 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). Local and National dignitaries will provide remarks including: Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, WA Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. All countries represented will be announced, and the eldest applicant and military personnel for citizenship will be introduced.
The program commenced with the posting of the Colors by the Washington State Guard and singing of the national anthem by soloist Maria Plancich Kesovija, accompanied by High Class Brass, 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.
High Class Brass will perform at 11:30am with the ceremony beginning at 12:00pm.
View 2022 highlights below: