Date: July 3rd
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Johnston Southport Museum & Visitor Center Lawn, 223 E. Bay Street
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God”
On July 3, 1996, the tradition of holding a Naturalization Ceremony during the N.C. 4th of July Festival began and continues today. The Ceremony is held during the festival on Fort Johnston Southport Museum & Visitor Center Lawn, overlooking the beautiful Southport Waterfront.
The Brunswick Concert Band plays patriotic music beginning at 3:00p.m., as the candidates for citizenship, their families and the general public awaits the beginning of the ceremony. The ceremony has music, a keynote speaker and canon firings.
After what may be a decade for some, the candidates take The Oath of Citizenship administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security in an emotional ceremony. The Festival celebrates and welcomes these new citizens.
The ceremony is a partnership between the N.C. 4th of July Festival and US Department of Homeland Security’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The after the ceremony reception for the new citizens and their families is organized by The Daughters of the American Revolution Brunswick Town Chapter who serve wonderful refreshments and homemade goodies.
VOTER REGISTRATION: The Brunswick County Board of Elections will be in the Southport Community Building from 4:45pm-5:30pm to register anyone including the new citizens to Vote.
Downtown Southport, Inc. (DSI) is pleased to donate $500.00 to support the NC 4th of July Festival Naturalization ceremony.
Pictured are: (left to right) DSI Board members: Dottie Nixa, Marion Martin, TIsh Hatem, Dr. Joe Pat Hatem / Ted Carlsen, Co-Chair 2016 NC 4th of July Festival; Fran Carlsen, Chair of the Naturalization Ceremony; Duncan Hilburn, Co-Chair NC 4th of July Festival Not pictured - DSI Board members: Peggy Popelars, Paul Fisher, Linda Pukenas, Karen R. Rife, Stuart Callari, Jeanne Potter, Debbie Evans. Photo by Karen R. Rife.