Memo for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Elected Officials and Candidates for Office

Greater Philadelphia is on a roll. We will host the 2015 World Meeting of Families, 2015 NAACP Convention, and 2016 Democratic National Convention. The New York Times has named Philadelphia the top U.S. destination in 2015. Our world-class museums will soon be joined by the new Museum of the American Revolution. And as America approaches its quarter-millennial year in 2026, our city is thriving with an influx of young millennials, tomorrow’s leaders.

Philadelphia’s next Mayor and City Council, along with our newly elected Governor and General Assembly, must build off today’s momentum and set our sights on America’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

The economic opportunity and civic legacy that can accrue from a successful plan for America’s 250th is enormous — but only if we plan now and enlist a diverse coalition of community, cultural, and business leaders from across the region.

USA250’s vision is that Philadelphians will provide leadership to attract all 50 states and millions of Americans to participate in the nation’s 250th: a series of world-class events, meetings and exhibitions woven together by our common heritage and shared future. We will offer Greater Philadelphia as an anchor campus during the 2026 anniversary period, and will develop partnerships across the country, to celebrate and explore “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” in the modern era.

USA250 calls upon our elected leaders and candidates for office to:


1. Elevate 2026 as a major opportunity for the region’s institutions and communities;


2. Invest resources to ensure an ambitious, well-studied, and inclusive plan for America’s 250th anniversary period; and


3. Solicit major event commitments and institutional partnerships for 2026.

USA250 is a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit organization making big plans for America’s 250th anniversary in 2026. We neither support nor oppose candidates for office.