Annual Naturalization Ceremony

Logos for the National Park Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (left) and a picture of citizenship candidates with raised right hands taking an oath during the 2018 Naturalization Ceremony at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Join the National Park Service as we welcome twenty-seven new citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Point Reyes National Seashore. This is one of many naturalization ceremonies taking place in national parks during Citizenship Week this year under a partnership between the National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Details about the time and date of the 2021 ceremony have yet to be determined, but past ceremonies have more frequently than not been held on Constitution Day, September 17. Due to the Woodward Fire and the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ceremony was cancelled. In 2019, the naturalization ceremony, during which twenty-six candidates from sixteen countries became American citizens, took place at 11 am on Tuesday, September 17, at the Bear Valley Picnic Area at Point Reyes National Seashore.

For directions and a map to help you get to the Bear Valley Picnic Area, visit our Directions page.

To help reduce traffic congestion in the paved parking lot adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, please park your vehicle(s) in the gravel, picnic area parking lot on the left (east) side of the access road close to the Bear Valley Trailhead. Download the Bear Valley Area Map (427 KB PDF), which shows the location of the picnic area parking lot relative to picnic area and the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

In 2010, the National Park Service and USCIS renewed a formal partnership to enhance citizenship ceremonies by holding them in national parks throughout the country. The agreement helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation's most significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for citizenship ceremonies, where new citizens can learn about and reflect on American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship.

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Last updated: May 20, 2021

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