There is no more inspirational place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Monticello, the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from every corner of the globe have taken the oath of citizenship at the annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.

The guest speaker at this year's event was Muhtar Kent, the chairman of the board and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company.

 

 
 
 

 
 

 
 
The front porch of Monticello.

 
 
Looking towards the street as I walk down the front walkway.

 
 
 
     
     
 
     
     
On the front porch of Monticello.

The clock above the door is a rear-facing clock from the clock inside the house.  Both are served by the same clockwork mechanism.

     
     
The view from the front porch of Monticello.
     
     
 
     
     
The local root beer was very refreshing on this hot Summer's day as I sit in the shade waiting for the next tour.
     
     
At the back sides of the estate, buildings of all sort of functions used to line the walkways.

     
     
 

     
     
The gardens were well maintained.

     
     
This is the walkway that leads to the memorial site.

     
     
Thomas Jefferson's grave.

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
Dabney Carr's grave.

     
     
On July 4th of 2005, I bought this T-shirt when I visited Mount Rushmore.  I found it fitting to wear on this July 4th, 2011.
     
     
 

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Visiting Monticello on July 4th, 2011

 
     
     
   

 

 

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