Bandelier Hosts 3rd Naturalization Ceremony July 4

Last year’s naturalization ceremony. Courtesy/NPS
July 4th is traditionally the day when Americans celebrate our freedom and independence. This year, building on the success of the last two years’ events, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park.
Fifteen candidates from 12 countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott will be the keynote speaker, along with speeches by Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess and a representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Members of the Serpent Trail Dancers from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (San Juan) will present traditional dances, providing a link with the early inhabitants of the area. Eagle Scouts from Troop 129 will parade the colors, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos will provide refreshments, and there will be gifts and flowers for the new citizens.

Once again, Atomic City Transit is supporting the event by providing buses specially for the participants. This ceremony is not reserved for just the new citizens; members of the public are encouraged to attend and take this opportunity to reaffirm personal values as citizens of this great nation.

Throughout the day, Bandelier will also be hosting crafts demonstrators from Santo Domingo Pueblo. Representatives of the Santa Fe Raptor Center will be showing their educational birds, and the Serpent Trail Dancers will present their traditional dances again later in the day.

Because parking is extremely limited in the Bandelier Visitor Center area, those wishing to attend must catch the free park shuttles from the White Rock Visitor Center, which also provides a relaxed scenic ride to Bandelier. For more information, call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.

Information about other events and ongoing activities is available by visiting the Bandelier National Monument website at or the park Facebook page at BandelierNPS.
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