National Immigrants Day

National Immigrants Day

I want your tired, your poor, and your huddled masses longing for freedom ….. I raise my lamp beside the golden gate! Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA

National Immigrants Day celebrates the United States as a melting pot. It highlights the diversity of cultures that make up the American people. The United States has more immigrants than any other nation and is open to anyone who wants to start a new life.

More than 45 million immigrants make up 14 percent of the US population. Most people don’t need to look far back in their family tree to find someone who began their lives in America.

The United States became an independent nation in 1776. The 19th century saw many immigrants, including many Irishmen who fled their homeland due to famine and Asians who were lured westward by the discovery of gold. Another factor that drove immigrants was the persecution of Jews in Eastern Europe.

National Immigrants Day was created to salute those whose roots might have come from another country but are now planted in the United States of America. Let’s toast and raise a glass to the immigrants that make up America’s current population.

Celebrate National Immigrants Day in many ways with celebrations, activities and some of these:

It might be interesting for those who are able to trace their family tree back over generations to discover when and where your family immigrated. National Immigrants Day gives you the opportunity to go to the library, or even to the internet to research your family history. You might be surprised at some of the interesting discoveries that may come up!

Ellis Island is the most famous port from which immigrants, especially those from Europe, can enter the United States. It has hosted more than 12,000,000 immigrants over its lifetime. Ellis Island, which was officially established in 1892 and closed in 1954, was an official federal immigration centre for more than 60 year.

Although it is no longer used for immigration, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum can be visited to get a sense of who started there and how life was back then.

Don’t forget to visit New York City and see the history of immigrants. You might visit Little Italy, Little Poland or Koreatown. Or even Little Ireland, which is located in Woodlawn. These microneighborhoods are a testament to the interesting and unique subculture found in American cities.


Oct 01 - 28 2024


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