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Media Advisory: USCIS to Celebrate the Citizenship of Two Children during an Independence Day Celebration at the Liberty Bell Center

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Delaware brother and sister originating from Philippines will join in annual tapping of the bell.

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the citizenship of two Delaware children during a special ceremony at the Liberty Bell Center.  USCIS Philadelphia Field Office representative will administer a special Oath of Allegiance and present the children with certificates of citizenship recognizing and celebrating their citizenship, which is generally derived through their naturalized parents or adoption.

Following the presentation of certificates of citizenship, the two young Americans will join eight Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence (DSDI) at the annual tapping of the Liberty Bell. DSDI is made up of people who have traced their ancestry to one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The children, a brother (age 13) and sister (age 12) from Dover, Delaware, originate from the Philippines. 

This celebration of citizenship ceremony is part of USCIS’ annual Independence Day celebration. This year, USCIS celebrates our nation’s 239th birthday by welcoming more than 4,000 new U.S. citizens in more than 50 naturalization ceremonies across the country from July 1 through July 4. To view a list of 2015 Independence Day naturalization ceremonies, visit

USCIS is asking new citizens and their families and friends to share their experience and photos from their ceremonies via social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.


Two youthful and newly minted U.S. Citizens

USCIS Officials

National Parks Service Officials




Saturday,  July 4, 1:00 p.m.


Liberty Bell Center, 6th and Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa.



Anita Rios Moore, USCIS Public Affairs Officer, 202.604.9832 or Twitter @USCISMediaVT



Media representatives are advised to contact the NPS, Independence National Historical Park's Public Affairs Officer, Jane Cowley, at (215)597-0060 to arrange for set-up prior to the beginning of the ceremony.  Twitter @IndependenceNPS


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