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(CBS) – As millions of Americans enjoy another Fourth of July, there are some taking part in this national celebration for the first time with a new title they proudly promote.

They’re among the hundreds of thousands of new citizens.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker talks with some of them.

Eva Kaluzynska, who left Poland 10 years ago, is now an American citizen.

On Friday, the Fourth of July meal she prepared for her family is the first American celebration with her new title: U.S. citizen.

“I have two kids,” she says. “They will have better future here. Work, school.”

Four-year-old Noah Buongiorna from Ethiopia is among the youngest new citizens. He celebrates this holiday with his American-born, adopted father.

“It’s wonderful,” Robert Buongiorna says.

Ilja Clark is Dutch. But the Dutch shoes — a symbol of her native heritage — are right next to the American flag.

This recent U.S. citizen shares her Streeterville home with her husband and two children. She moved to America 13 years ago for love.

“People are so enthusiastic about other cultures and embracing them,” she says.

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