What kind of country will we leave for our children when the United States reaches its 250th anniversary in 2026?
Last night, President Trump posed this question during his address to a joint session of Congress:
“In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding — 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.
“It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.
“But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?
To properly answer that question, we can start by looking at the Declaration of Independence itself, recognizing that we are all created equal, that we enjoy certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
In 1776, the United States of America was organized around these enduring principles. And as our 250th anniversary in 2026 approaches, it is the obligation of all Americans to make sure that our children inherit a nation guided by those same words and values.
The President also remarked on the history made in Philadelphia during the nation’s centennial celebration in 1876:
“Hopefully, the 250th year for America will see a world that is more peaceful, more just and more free.
“On our 100th anniversary, in 1876, citizens from across our Nation came to Philadelphia to celebrate America’s centennial. At that celebration, the country’s builders and artists and inventors showed off their creations.
“Alexander Graham Bell displayed his telephone for the first time.
“Remington unveiled the first typewriter. An early attempt was made at electric light.
“Thomas Edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen.
“Imagine the wonders our country could know in America’s 250th year.
“Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.”
Each American has an equal and undivided interest in the success of our Great Experiment in republican democracy on the occasion of our 250th anniversary. We’re glad to have your support in making that possible.
Contribute your ideas for 2026 at www.usa250.org/join.
On behalf of USA250,
Andrew Hohns, Board Chair
Jon Grabelle Herrmann, Executive Director