On July 3rd over 1,000 people will become new United States Citizens at the Walt Disney World Resort.
This will be the largest of over 50 such ceremonies held across the country by the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services (USCIS) during the July 4th weekend. Over 6,000 new citizens in total will be welcomed.
The Ceremony to be held in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will include people from more than 100 countries and ranging in age from 18 to 82. The immigrants will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States during a morning ceremony jointly hosted by Disney Parks and Resorts and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
USCIS’s highest-ranking official will preside over the ceremony on the forecourt of Cinderella Castle. The event will feature a welcoming address by Walt Disney World Resort President Meg Crofton, the presentation of the colors, the national anthem, the Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Actor Andy Garcia – a naturalized citizen himself – will deliver a keynote address during the ceremony. Garcia, originally from Cuba, is an acclaimed actor known for roles in films as diverse as “The Untouchables,” “The Godfather: Part III” and “Ocean's Eleven.”
“This year, Disney parks are asking our visitors, ‘What Will You Celebrate?’,” Crofton said. “And on a weekend when our entire nation celebrates its independence, we are honored to host – and celebrate – 1,000 individuals who are embracing American citizenship.”
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