Hawaii welcomed 75 new U.S. citizens Thursday as they took the Oath of Allegiance aboard the Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor.
The new citizens came from 19 different countries and ranged in age from 18 to 73 years old.
The largest contingent of new citizens at the ceremony were from the Philippines and South Korea.
Some of the new citizens came from U.S. territories and said they're glad to finally have all the rights that U.S. citizenship entails.
“Just the fact that I’m going to have a say as a citizen of the United States makes a difference as a national. There’s only so much we can do. We can’t vote federally. I’m excited! Now I get a say in the big leagues,” said Joyce Fruen, from American Samoa.
The ceremony was part of a larger annual celebration of Independence Day across the country.
More than 9,000 new U.S. citizens will take the oath during more than 100 naturalization ceremonies being held through July 5.