America 250 begins

Published 1:27 pm Saturday, July 4, 2020

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The National Park Service and the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission (America 250) have partnered to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. The partnership will enrich efforts to educate and inspire as the nation begins the countdown to the largest and most inclusive commemoration in the nation’s history.

The commemoration period launches July 4, 2020 and continues through 2026. During that time, America 250 and the National Park Service will work to connect nearly 350 million Americans, as well as millions of international friends, with the country’s heritage and continuing journey.

“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, exercising the authority of the director.

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“For many Americans, this July Fourth will look and feel very different,” said Daniel DiLella, chairman of 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 people and places of the National Park Service preserve significant natural and cultural resources throughout the country. America 250 is the federal body tasked with commemorating and celebrating the nation’s 250th anniversary of independence. Together, the agencies will work to promote shared stories and experiences and strengthen common bonds through programs, educational outreach and signature events leading up to July 4, 2026.