Reporting back from Toast250

Toast250: April 30, 2015 at the Independence Visitor Center:
Read this write-up by Cassie Hepler for Explore Philly.

On behalf of USA250’s Board of Directors, Founders Circle, and our Toast250 sponsors, thank you for your support, your ideas, and your leadership. USA250 is now ready to build toward America’s 250th anniversary in 2026.Click here to view our slide presentation, outlining USA250’s current thinking and approach. In the near term, we are focused on three priorities:

1. Enlist a diverse set of leaders to join USA250’s planning initiative,


2. Research best practices and solicit ideas to inform our plans for the 250th, and


3. Begin work now to recruit major events and partnerships for 2026.


USA250 was proud to have the endorsement of Katie McGinty, Chief of Staff to Governor Wolf; and of Philadelphia City Council, as presented by Kellan Whitefrom the Office of Blondell Reynolds Brown. McGinty inspired us to think beyond tourism and events by working “to make Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness a reality for every American.”

David Montgomery announced that the Phillies have formally requested the Major League Baseball All-Star Game for 2026 during the nation’s 250th! Board Chair Andrew Hohns challenged participants to summon our “best self” as we build an initiative matching the greatness of our city and our country. And USA250’s young friends were introduced by Board Member Nicole White to the Gen250 initiative.


To get involved with Gen250 or another USA250 leadership committee, or to share your ideas for 2026, please email


Jon Grabelle Herrmann
Executive Director, USA250