THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The US Semiquincentennial Commission has unveiled its vision for celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States, which is set to take place on July 4, 2026.
In a report submitted to the US President on December 31, 2020, the Commission outlines a number of projects and campaigns planned to take place in the run up to and during 2026, in order to celebrate the anniversary with Americans and people around the world.
In the report’s covering letter, the Commission’s Chairman, Daniel M Dilella, wrote that "The Commission envisions America 250 as a monumental initiative - engaging all Americans in the largest and most inclusive celebration and commemoration in our nation’s history".
Dilella adds that the plans contain provisions for more than 100,000 programs, “engaging participants at the local, territorial, state, tribal, regional, national, and international levels", with the aim to "Inspire the American spirit to deepen understanding of our history and the democratic process through education; increase engagement in our communities and governing affairs; and foster unity that includes the 'many' Americans in our 'one' nation".
The commission’s framework calls for 5,000 to 1,0000 international events, to be led by the State Department and America 250 entities around the world.
One early program, due to launch at the Library of Congress in 2021/22, is an exhibition titled "The Two Georges: Parallel Lives in an Age of Revolution". The exhibition will feature correspondence, essays, documents, portraits and other artefacts to shine a light on the life of George Washington. The Commission explain that "This early program builds on strong international ties with the United Kingdom and may pave the way for many other America 250 collaborations with the mother country."