Bandelier To Host Naturalization Ceremony Constitution Day, Sept 17


On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, Constitution Day, Bandelier National Monument will once again partner with the United States Citizenship

and Immigration Services (USCIS) to host a naturalization ceremony at the park. The ceremony will begin at 10am and be held in the outdoor amphitheater at the Juniper Campground on the mesa top. Fourteen applicants from eight countries, having worked hard to fulfill their requirements, are scheduled to take the oath and become the newest citizens of the United States.   

Constitution Day, also known as Constitution and Citizenship Day, honors the document that guarantees American Citizens, born or by naturalization, their essential rights, that was signed on September 17, 1787.   

Ceremonies at American landmarks celebrate the conclusion of an immigrant’s journey to citizenship and honor the commitment they’ve shown along the way. National Park Service sites not only make these events meaningful for those who have voluntarily chosen to participate in American democracy and dedicated themselves to the country’s future, but they also reflect the strength and spirit of the United States. 

Immigration Services Officer Albert Harb and Supervisor Lance Lennick, from the USCIS-Albuquerque Field Office, will conduct the ceremony. Bandelier Supt. Patrick Suddath will provide the keynote address. The Los Alamos High School Bel Canto Choir will perform, and the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office will be in attendance. The Friends of Bandelier will provide water and snacks.   

Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. In Frijoles Canyon, the park visitor center and the park store (operated by Western National Parks Association) is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and the café, Sirphey at Bandelier, is open from 9am to 4:30pm.   

Park entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bicycle/individual. All entrance passes are valid for 7 days. Campingfees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful– the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees. The full suite of America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes as well as Bandelier Annual passes are available for purchase at the visitor center. For more information about types of passes and prices, visit:

For information about Bandelier visit, call the visitor center, (505) 672-3861, ext. 0.  Like us on Facebook BandelierNPS, follow us on Instagram and Twitter@BandelierNPS

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