July 4, 2007 – Walt Disney World Hosts Naturalization Ceremony
“Okay, so your seats are a little wet. Get over it! It’s still a beautiful day in America!”
On July 4, 2007, in honor of the American holiday of the 4th of July, Walt Disney World hosted a naturalization ceremony for 1,000 immigrants. Though the weather was less than pleasant, the ceremony was filled with excitement thanks to USCIC director Emilio Gonzalez, Senator Mel Martinez, and singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan, who sang the national anthem. After the official swearing-in, the new citizens on the United States and their families were led down Main Street by the Walt Disney World marching band while F-15 jets flew overhead. This is one of many times that a naturalization ceremony has been held at the Magic Kingdom.