Today’s 3rd-graders will graduate high school in 2026 as the United States marks its 250th anniversary as the birthplace of modern democracy. It is our generation’s privilege and responsibility to honor the nation’s achievements, reflect upon our struggles, and chart a course for the next generation as America heads into the next 250 years.
USA250 extends an open invitation to thinkers, community leaders, artists, pioneers, athletes, and all Americans to come together and imagine a more perfect union.
Our vision for the nation’s 250th anniversary is that citizens and leaders from all 50 states will convene to renew and advance the equal and inalienable pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness in the modern era.
Philadelphia offers its city as the convening campus to anchor a 50-state civic initiative and celebration for the United States Semiquincentennial: a series of events, meetings, exhibits, and initiatives woven together by our common heritage and shared future.
USA250 is enlisting a diverse range of stakeholders across communities, governments, industries, philanthropies, and the public at large to capture the ideas and solicit the partnership of friends across the country and around the world. And we are researching best practices from comparison events and model initiatives.
The organization draws particular inspiration from the Centennial International Exposition of 1876, which brought together a fractured, post-Civil War nation and attracted 10 million visitors to the United States’ first official World’s Fair. The Centennial not only marked America’s 100th anniversary, but more broadly it engaged the world around the leading artistic, commercial, and agricultural advancements of that era.
USA250 adapts these concepts to today’s challenges and opportunities.
USA 250, Incorporated, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Pennsylvania. Its exempt purpose is to:
(i) organize, advocate, promote and coordinate a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and
(ii) organize and facilitate a long-term conversation on the American future that focuses on renewing America’s core values, philosophy and form of governance and the nation’s commitment to freedom and tenants of the ￼Declaration of Independence.
With funding from individual and institutional partners, USA250 is testing its vision by conducting researching models for the 250th, pursing 2026 commitments, and expanding the team of leaders involved with the initiative. We promoted and applaud the establishment by Congress of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, to formally kick off the national planning process for this historic moment.
This work follows an initial planning phase in 2012-13 when USA250 first engaged the Philadelphia-area community and developed its strategic framework. During that time, USA250 was incorporated, broad outreach was conducted, creative concepts were developed, and this planning framework emerged.
Following an outreach process engaging hundreds of community leaders and local citizens, USA250 is organizing our leadership and ideas around America’s founding values:
- Life: Science, Health, Innovation, Sustainable Development
- Liberty: Democracy, Citizenship, Education, National Service
- Pursuit of Happiness: Sports, Arts, Culture, Faith
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Who We Are
- Click here to see a list of USA250’s board members and leadership team.
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USA250 extends special thanks to retired Army officer Dennis Lang for donating the website URL, www.usa250.org. We also thank and acknowledge VISIT PHILADELPHIA® for photography used on this website.
- Independence Hall photo by Meredith Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA.
- Philly tourism photo by R. Kennedy forVISIT PHILADELPHIA/ Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Liberty Bell photo by K. Ciappa for VISIT PHILADELPHIA
- LOVE Statue photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA
- Ben Franklin photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA