State 250th Commission Laws Passed

USA250 is pleased to share some exciting updates on state-level plans for the USA’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

Pennsylvania
Today, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf held a bill-signing ceremony in Harrisburg for Act 28, originally enacted on June 12 to establish the Pennsylvania Commission for the US Semiquincentennial. Thanks to bipartisan leadership in the General Assembly — including House cosponsors Representatives Jared Solomon and Alex Charlton — the new commission will include 20 private citizens, 4 legislators in a voting capacity, with 11 state officials in nonvoting ex officio roles. USA250 vice chair, Nicole Allen White, was honored to join the signing ceremony this afternoon.

New Jersey
On August 17, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed the New Jersey State Assembly’s Bill No. 4194 to authorize the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) to develop the state’s plans to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. More recently in October, Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area was selected as the public-private partner to work with the historical commission on the overall planning effort. We also want to thank NJHC’s executive director, Sara Cureton, for co-chairing a national planning committee for the 250th anniversary through the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

South Carolina
On April 17, South Carolina Governor McMaster signed Act No. 289, a joint resolution of the state’s General Assembly to create the South Carolina American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission, a body comprising 13 state officials to plan a “proper observance of the Sestercentennial” in cooperation with the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust.

US Semiquincentennial Commission
Meanwhile, we are excited this week to see the US Semiquincentennial Commission hold its first meeting at Independence Hall on Friday, November 16. USA250’s board chair, Andrew Hohns, was appointed in 2016 to serve on the Commission, and our leadership is proud to have played a role in advising Congress as they established the Commission through Public Law 114-196.

From USA250, we offer a special congratulations and “Huzzah!” to all the new commissions and partners for 2026.