CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - As we celebrate our country's birthday this July 4, 25 people will take the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America to become citizens at the Hezekiah Alexander Home at The Charlotte History Museum.
"It's an opportunity for people to celebrate our nation's birthday in a different way, contemplating the freedoms and liberties that have attracted so many people to our country over the centuries," said Kay Peninger, President and CEO of The Charlotte Museum of History, located at 3500 Shamrock Drive in Charlotte.
Peninger believes, "The Oath and Naturalization Ceremony is part of the Museum's broader effort to celebrate Charlotte's increasing diversity and to highlight the varied history, traditions and cultures of Charlotte's residents."
This is the second year the ceremony has been held at the museum. It's the beginning of a new chapter for twenty-five people who will join the hundreds of others who will become citizens here in Charlotte this year.
"The American ideals of liberty and independence that attract so many people to this country took root early here in Charlotte," said Peninger, who curates the museum. "In May 1775, our city's leaders wrote and signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, the first declaration of independence in America (one full year before the U.S. Declaration of Independence)! Hezekiah Alexander - whose 1774 home is preserved at The Charlotte Museum of History - was one of the signers of the MeckDec. He also was on the committee that drafted North Carolina's first constitution and the state's first bill of rights. He was a second generation American whose family came from Scotland seeking land and a better life. Where better to welcome these new Americans than at the home of one of America's original patriots and immigrant success stories?" Peninger asked.
The event is from 10:00am until 2:00pm July 4, 2016. It is open to the public, but you want to register in advance here: http://www.charlottemuseum.org/Register.asp
Families get in for twenty dollars, individual tickets are five dollars.
There will be several activities for kids and a tour of the Hezekiah Alexander home. All are welcome to this unique way to celebrate new neighbors, and this great country's birthday!
"As we celebrate Independence Day, we want to welcome these new Americans who are showing their full commitment to the liberties and ideals that have inspired Americans and animated our democracy for 240 years," Peninger told WBTV.
The museum has several other events on their calendar. Learn more about The Charlotte History Museum here: http://www.charlottemuseum.org/