Join us as we celebrate the naturalization of Raleigh men and women at 2:30pm on Friday, October 9th at the Raleigh Convention Center. The public is welcome to attend!
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty.
For over 220 years, international-born men and women have proudly stood repeating the Oath of Allegiance to become naturalized citizens of the United States. This year to help kick off the Raleigh International Fair, over 200 Triangle residents will gather to take this oath in what has become one of the largest ceremonies in North Carolina. Participants will include transplants from all over the world.
That I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies...
Since the first naturalization laws were put in place in 1790, applicants have taken many steps to become citizens of the United States. The oath itself has evolved over the years to include an oath of allegiance, as well as a promise to defend the constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Applicants must be residents of the United States for at least 5 years and must pass a naturalization test and background check in order to take part in the ceremony.
During the ceremony, the presiding speaker will confer full rights of citizenship on those who have met the stringent legal qualifications. After taking the oath, the new citizens will be able to vote, hold public office, seek commissions in the U.S. military, and receive a U.S. passport.
According to CNN.com, Raleigh is one of the fastest developing cities in the United States. Over 26,000 people moved to the triangle from July 2012 to July 2013. This includes the ever-growing international population, which has nearly quadrupled in the last fourteen years. In 1990, less than four percent of Wake County residents were born on foreign soil. According to a census in 2010, that number rose to 13.3 percent.
The citizens beginning this new chapter in their lives are enthusiastic and overcome with emotion.
And that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
This year's festival is chock-full of cultural inspiration, learning and fun! Come by Friday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct 11. Come one day or every day- there's so much happening you don't want to miss a thing! Our Sidewalk Cafe's are open every day for a round-the-world foodie experience. Select the day of your visit, above, to see the schedules for each exciting venue's events.