Planning Under Way for America’s 250th in July 2026

June 3, 2024

Discussions about “America 250”, also known as America’s Semiquincentennial, have been in the works in Maryland and our heritage area for more than a year. The Director of the Maryland 250 Commission, Michele Johnson, has been meeting with key leaders since last summer, carrying out the directives of the Executive Order issued by Governor Moore in July, 2023. These include:

  • Invite broad-based public input on the meaning, significance, and opportunities of this anniversary that will inform development of commemoration activities, programs, and events.
  • Acknowledge that the confiscation of Indigenous land and displacement of Indigenous people is central to the United States’ origin story and recognize the persistence and contributions of these communities today.
  • Honor the legacy of both free and enslaved African Americans in the making of Maryland and the nation, whose untold stories of heroism and perseverance are critical to the understanding of our shared past and present.
  • Support the identification and enhancement of cultural assets that tell the story of who we are as Marylanders and promote place-based visitor experiences for residents and visitors alike.
  • Engage youth, new Americans, and lifelong learners in programs designed to encourage the search for meaning behind America and deepen engagement in civic life.
  • Celebrate service to country and community, and create opportunities that promote social responsibility, compassion and understanding that will unite and strengthen Maryland’s diverse communities for the benefit of all.

CCHA Executive Director, Carol Benson, is proud to serve on the Annapolis 250 Commission. She encourages partners to formulate projects, events, and programs well in advance of the commemoration year, to optimize local awareness and participation.


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