News Release

National Park Service and America 250 Launch Countdown to 250th Anniversary Commemoration of American Independence

"250" in a large font with a red background behind the Statue of Liberty.

Graphic by America 250.

News Release Date: July 2, 2020


Washington– The National Park Service (NPS) 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 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.

“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.

“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 people and places of the NPS 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, they 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.

About the National Park Service.
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About U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission
The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission was established by Congress to inspire all Americans and each American to participate in our greatest milestone ever—the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the United States. The Commission is charged with orchestrating the largest and most inclusive anniversary observance in our nation's history. The Commission will 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 and visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Last updated: July 2, 2020