OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - This Independence Day will carry extra meaning for nearly 100 people in the Kansas City, who celebrated America's 236th birthday by becoming U.S. citizens.
Before Wednesday's Star Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, Kan., the crowd got to watch a different display of patriotism – 95 new citizens taking the oath to officially become Americans.
The event was a long time coming for Gordon Briggs, who is originally from Scotland. Despite the sweltering temperatures, he said he wouldn't let the heat ruin a day decades in the making.
"It's a special day," he explained. "After living in this country for 18-plus years, I feel like I deserve the advantages of being an American citizen."
His wife, Mary Briggs, also attended the ceremony. He said she was one of the many reasons why he was excited to become a citizen.
The new Americans originally hailed from 42 different countries.
This was the first time a naturalization ceremony had occurred outside on the Fourth of July in Overland Park.