NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Thousands of America's newest citizens took the Oath of Allegiance on Independence Day.

More than 50 people took their oath during a special naturalization ceremony at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans at 10 a.m. Thursday's ceremony is one of several being hosted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services across the country this Fourth of July.

In all, more than 7,800 candidates will become citizens at roughly 100 special ceremonies across the country and overseas through Friday.

The citizenship candidates in New Orleans hail from about two dozen countries, including Australia, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Hungary, Iran, Iraq and Vietnam.

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