How to Begin Your Institution’s Planning for America’s 250th on July 4, 2026

Jul 01 2021

How to Begin Your Institution’s Planning for America’s 250th on July 4, 2026

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.

Next Making History at 250 Live Event:
“Making History at 250: Small Museums Town Hall,” AASLH 2021 Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 23, 2–5 PM
Little Rock, Arkansas

The Semiquincentennial is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the history community and for our communities. Together, we can renew engagement with the past and share our vast and complex history in new ways. We hope you’ll join us in making history!”

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

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,

Read about Maryland’s Semiquincentennial Commission here.