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Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 9:00am5:00pm
Virginia Historical Society
In celebration of the 241st anniversary of American independence, the VHS will host a full day of patriotic festivities (with extended hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), including a large-scale citizenship naturalization ceremony, the opening of a new exhibition, a community concert, and much more.

Naturalization Ceremony

The naturalization ceremony, held in partnership with the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will be the centerpiece of this new celebration. One hundred candidates for citizenship from nearly 50 countries will take the Oath of Allegiance on the front terrace of the museum (weather permitting) at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be officiated by the Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  

New Washington Exhibition

News from Mount Vernon, 1796 (about 1930) Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1996.49.10, Purchased with funds provided by Lora M. Robins. Washington complained that “the duties of my public station do not allow me to pay that attention to Agriculture... that I could wish,” but in fact he was able to devote large blocks of time to farming during his presidency. In 1793 some 40% of the surviving pages written by the president are letters of instruction that he drafted for his caretakers at home.Washington: The Myths and the Man, will open at 9:00 a.m. and features 13 beautiful oil paintings of Washington, an original diary that he kept during his presidency, his presidential chair and inaugural sword, and other rare Washington artifacts. Learn more

Picnic, Music, Kids Activities, and Tours

Guests are encouraged to picnic on the VHS’s front lawn where concessions will be for sale 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The John Marshall High School Alumni Band will entertain guests with an outdoor concert from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Inside the museum, a family-fun scavenger hunt will allow guests to explore the many objects on display that relate to America’s founding and citizenship. Behind-the-scenes tours, which will feature independence-related items in the museum’s archives, will be offered at 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, and 2:00 p.m. for $5 per person. 

Citizenship Test-Virginia History Edition
The Virginia Historical Society is hosting an Independence Day Celebration on July 4, 2017. This special day will feature a naturalization ceremony, the opening of a new exhibition, a community concert, and much more. In this video, To prepare for the festivities, we asked a few people some Virginia history questions from the Citizenship Test. How well would you do?

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