Albany welcomes new citizens and Smash Mouth

By Patrick Dodson

Smash Mouth may have brought some raw energy (and Shrek dolls) to Empire State Plaza, but the 26 new American citizens from 17 different countries were the real all-stars. Albany’s annual Fourth of July festivities brought the usual fireworks spectacular, out-dated superstar act, and my favorite part — the naturalization ceremony. Check out the pictures from the day below:

  • Patrick‚Äôs work has been published internationally, including on the front pages of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. After a 10-year career in journalism and marketing, he is now pursuing a graduate degree in public administration. He founded Albany Proper in 2012.