It was a happy Fourth of July for the nearly 15,000 people who became naturalized U.S. citizens in Independence Day ceremonies this year, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Between 700,000 and 750,000 people on average are naturalized as U.S. citizens each year, totaling more than 7.4 million new citizens over the past 10 years.
In 2016, the most common countries of origin for naturalized U.S. citizens were Mexico, India, Philippines, China and Cuba.
Here are some photos of the celebrations as the U.S. welcomed its newest Americans on July 4.
July 5, 2017, 2:10 p.m.: This story has been updated.