Our Mission .
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 tenets of the ￼Declaration of Independence.
A Nation for the Next Generation .
Today’s 4th-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. Our vision is a 50-state civic initiative and celebration for the United States Semiquincentennial: a series of events, meetings, exhibits, and service projects woven together by our common heritage and shared future. We anticipate that USA250 will travel across the nation, with regional hub celebrations and with Philadelphia serving as a convening campus. 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.
Learning From Our Past .
USA250 is 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 -- nearly 1 in 4 Americans at the time -- to the United States’ first official World’s Fair. The Centennial not only marked our 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 technologies and opportunities.
Special Thanks .
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 for VISIT 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