For the second year in a row, the Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade will conclude with the swearing in of new U.S. citizens.
Twelve people will be sworn in this year after the parade as part of events taking place in front the U.S. Post Office in Dunwoody Village.
“The Dunwoody community loved it [last year] and we are very excited and honored to be selected to host this event,” said Pam Tallmadge, coordinator of the parade.
Pamela Wilson, spokesperson for the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security, said her agency reached out to Dunwoody last year.
“Our office reaches out to different community events and we generally look for places that are outside,” she said.
“The Fourth of July is a big day because it symbolizes when the U.S. became a nation. So it’s extra special for [new citizens] and for us as an agency,” Wilson said.
This year’s grand marshals for the parade will be first responder representatives. The Dunwoody Fourth of July parade last year attracted more than 30,000 spectators, according to organizers, and is considered the largest Fourth of July parade in the state.