Celebrating 4th of July with New US Citizens of Fremont

In pursuit of a better quality of life, this land of opportunity inspires many people from different walks of life to cross their borders.  Today, the American Dream has brought thousands of Dawoodi Bohra families to North America.

For all Americans, the Fourth of July is a much anticipated celebration that takes place across the country.  It brings out overwhelming emotions of patriotism and pride.  Fireworks fill the air; colors of red, white and blue adorn the streets; and families come together for an evening of delicious American barbecue.  To newly naturalized citizens who have taken the ceremonial oath of allegiance, these exciting celebrations soon become a part of an annual tradition.  This fourth of July, we asked three recently sworn-in citizens of the Dawoodi Bohras of San Francisco what becoming an American means to them.

Mufaddal Gaadiwala
Product Manager at Google

What does becoming a US citizen mean to you, and is there anything you love specifically about the USA?

The US is known as the ‘Land of the Free’ with the freedom to believe, pursue, and attempt anything I could imagine.  Living here for the past 18 years and traveling the length and breadth of the United States, I am amazed by its beauty, its opportunity, and its generosity.

Can you share the story behind why or how you came to the US?

I work for Google and I came to the US as part of an intra-company transfer.

What is your favorite national park in the US? 

I love the Grand Canyon National Park.

What is your favorite American food? 

Philly cheese steak!

How do you plan to celebrate your first July 4th weekend as a citizen of the US?

I plan to attend the local fireworks show as I have been doing so with my family for the past several years.

Fatema Gaadiwala
Homemaker, Henna Artist, Graphic Designer, Crafter, Teacher and Culinary Artist

What does becoming a US citizen mean to you, and is there anything you love specifically about the USA?

For me, being a US citizen means enjoying the right to freedom, celebrating diversity, and embracing the American way of life.  I love America because it is a land of fruitful opportunities and boundless freedom where you can be anything as long as you work hard towards your goal.

What is your favorite national park in the US? 

Yosemite National Park.  It’s a collection of picturesque scenery and a shrine for nature lovers.

What is your favorite American food? 

I love deep-dish Chicago-style pizza.  The crust and the cheese are the epitome of comfort food.

How do you plan to celebrate your first July 4th weekend as a citizen of the US?

I plan to celebrate our first July 4th weekend as a new citizen by taking my family to a fireworks show and embracing the spirit of the holiday with a red, white and blue food menu.

Fatema Shahdawala
Roti maker

What does becoming a US citizen mean to you, and is there anything you love specifically about the USA?

The fact that rules and regulations are followed respectfully by every citizen is something I absolutely love.  I am also proud to be living in such a clean country; the air in the city I live in is so pure.

What is your favorite national park in the US? 

Grand Canyon National Park.

What is your favorite American food? 

The classic American cheeseburger.

How do you plan to celebrate your first July 4th weekend as a citizen of the US?

I am excited to hoist the US flag outside my home and invite friends and family over for a wonderful dinner celebration.

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