Monticello has issued an invitation today, to join in the July 4th celebration of the 237th anniversary of American independence; also commemorating the life of Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, who died at Monticello exactly on its 50th anniversary at 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday July 4, 1826. Fellow founder and President — an opponent on occasion, and at other times collaborator and friend, John Adams — also died on that very same day.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1967, Dave Matthews is known globally as a musician and actor whose first public performances were readily embraced here in Charlottesville. His roots run deep in our community, having been involved in a number of creative collaborations with other musicians and actors in the early years of his career. He became a naturalized citizen himself, 33 years ago.
This year’s ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on the West Lawn of Monticello, and although admission to the Ceremony is free, the tickets for the shuttle bus to Monticello are required, since there will be no parking at Monticello for this event.
Free parking will be available at Piedmont Virginia Community College, with free shuttles beginning at 7:00 a.m, with tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
You may reserve your tickets online, and receive email confirmation; or you may pick them up before July 4th at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, located at Monticello. Tickets will be distributed as long as supplies last; no one will be admitted to the event without a ticket.
Following the conclusion of the ceremony — at approximately 10:30 a.m. — Monticello shuttle buses will then provide continuous service from Monticello’s West Lawn to PVCC.
Visitors are asked to please leave bags and backpacks in their cars, or at home. Additional information is available by visiting the Policies and Guidelines for Visiting Monticello on July 4th.
Dress comfortably for heat and sun.
Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of your shuttle
boarding time to allow time for parking and security screening.
Water in plastic bottles may be brought onto the grounds
Flash photography and video cameras are allowed outside of
Monticello for personal use only.
Strollers are allowed. Wheelchairs are available upon request
Monticello Day Pass tickets may be purchased online or onsite for
house tours on July 4th.
Filming and Photography Notice:
The Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello is a very special occasion, and we want to share it with the world! The ceremony is covered by local and national media, and may also be recorded in video and still form for educational and promotional use by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
Members of the audience may be included in some of the footage. By attending this event, you are consenting to allow your likeness to be used for the above purposes. If you do not wish to be part of the filming, please see a staff person and you will be directed to a part of the grounds that will not be included in the footage. …
The words that Jefferson called “an expression of the American mind” that “all men are created equal” and have a right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” changed the world and continue to reverberate today.
Music will be provided by the Charlottesville Municipal Band and the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has made it a priority to assist immigrants in their efforts to become naturalized citizens for more than 100 years, and for the past 85 years, they have published the “DAR Manual For Citizenship,” available to anyone at no charge, to download as a PDF file.
It might not be a bad idea for American citizens to take a good look at this valuable resource for our ongoing experiment in self-government, as well, since the topics include details about “the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, democracy, U.S. government, roles of citizens, the U.S. Flag, Statute of Liberty and becoming a citizen.” There are probably a few reminders that could be useful to us all.