Hundreds of immigrants living in Florida will celebrate July 4 by becoming U.S. citizens.
In Kissimmee, 108 immigrants will become citizens at a special naturalization ceremony at Kissimmee's Lakefront Park at 4 p.m.
Kissimmee Mayor Pro Tem Wanda Rentas will deliver welcoming remarks; Kissimmee City Commissioner Jose Alvarez will deliver the keynote address; Congressman Alan Grayson will lead the new citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance; and State Senator Darren Soto will give closing remarks, officials said.
The 108 citizenship candidates originate from the following 36 countries: Albania, Argentina, Bahamas, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Meanwhile, in Miami, 200 immigrants from 50 countries are expected to take the oath of allegiance in Miami Thursday. The naturalization ceremony will be held at Miami Dade College's Freedom Tower, considered the "Ellis Island of the South" for its role in providing assistance to Cuban refugees a half century ago.
The event is one of more than 100 ceremonies planned nationwide. In all, more than 7,800 immigrants will become U.S. citizens.