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The National Park Service is partnering with the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission—also known as “America 250″— to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. The 6-year event will take place at National Park Service sites across the country that interpret and protect American heritage.
“Through the sites, stories, programs, and resources of the National Park Service, we are eager to work alongside America 250 to engage all voices in a dialogue about our country, its multifaceted history, and ongoing efforts to form a more perfect union,” said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela.
The commemoration period will launch on July 4, 2020, and continue through 2026. During that time, America 250 and the NPS will work to connect nearly 350 million Americans, as well as millions of international friends, with the country’s heritage and continuing journey.
“For many Americans, this July Fourth will look and feel very different,” said Daniel DiLella, Chairman, America 250. “These challenging times give us a unique opportunity to reflect on our shared history, and how each of our stories is woven together with the stories of all Americans. The National Park Service brings these stories to light through the deep cultural history of our National Park System, places where generations of Americans are reminded of our common ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission was established by Congress to orchestrate the largest and most inclusive anniversary observance in our nation’s history. The Commission intends to work with public and private entities across the country to “make America 250 a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all Americans.” For more information visit america250.org.