Ariel Skelley

America 250

Preparing for the Largest Commemoration in U.S. History

In a few short years, Americans will come together for the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding. The commemoration provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate the democratic ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence – principles that continue to guide us as a country and inspire people throughout the world.

Ten years before America’s 250th anniversary in 2026, Congress unanimously passed the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016, signed as Public Law 114-196 on July 22, 2016.

In May 2018, the American Battlefield Trust was chosen by the Department of the Interior to serve as administrative secretariat of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission. The Trust, working in cooperation with the Commission and the National Park Service, helped create the America 250 Foundation to serve as nonprofit partner to the Commission. The Foundation was established in June 2019.

The Trust is looking forward to working with the Commission and Foundation to make historic preservation a focal point of the semiquincentennial observance and create a lasting legacy that outlives the commemorative period. Please join us on a journey 250 years in the making.

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