Planning for America’s 250th on July 4, 2026 – UPDATED

Planning for America’s 250th on July 4, 2026 – UPDATED

The nation’s semiquincentennial (250th Anniversary) will be celebrated nation-wide on July 4, 2026. Have YOU begun thinking about what America’s 250th anniversary might mean for you, your institution, and your community? There are many conversations and resources already developed, and more are in the pipeline.

If you haven’t already, be sure to download your copy of the AASLH’s Making History at 250 Field Guide!


Statement from AASLH: “As we prepare for 2026, we hope you will use these themes and ideas to inform your work and that you will share the guide with your colleagues across the field and across the country. We also encourage you to continue the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MakingHistory250! Please share your takeaways from the Field Guide, examples of how you’re using the themes, and your big ideas for the Semiquincentennial. AASLH will continue to build on the Making History at 250 Field Guide in the months and years ahead with additional live and virtual events, professional development resources, and more, so please stay engaged with us.

For additional resources about preparing for the 250th anniversary, including publications, webinars recordings, blog posts, and other materials, visit

Read AASLH’s “Reframing History Toolkit” here:

For additional information about the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission and America 250, visit

For additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities’ ‘A More Perfect Union’ initiative, visit

Maryland has its own Semiquincentennial Commission; read an early press release here.