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Preparations for the US 250th Anniversary Begin, Aiming to Bridge National Divides

by Chloe Baker
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US 250th Anniversary

As the 250th anniversary of the United States lies three years ahead, early festivities are starting to take shape.

The official kick-off of the commemoration planning will happen this 4th of July during a Major League Baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs at American Family Field in Milwaukee. America250, the body orchestrating the festivities, will begin a nationwide call for people to recount their personal narratives about what the nation signifies for them.

As the significant anniversary approaches, political divisions pervade the nation, with differing viewpoints on the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack and the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s election. The political schism has even seeped into everyday decisions such as shopping and beer selection.

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With the 2024 presidential election looming, the nation will have to navigate another potentially contentious contest.

Tensions were also palpable in the build-up to the 1976 bicentennial celebration, which occurred in the wake of President Richard Nixon’s resignation amid the Watergate scandal and the turbulent ending of the Vietnam War. That was also a time marred by the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Rosie Rios, the ex-U.S. treasurer now leading America250, looks back fondly at the bicentennial festivities, when as an 11-year-old in Northern California, she observed antique sailing ships amassing in the Boston and New York harbors on her family’s black-and-white TV and visited the Freedom Train exhibit during its Oakland stop. She vividly recalls the fireworks.

“I’ve never been prouder of being an American than that evening, and I hope my children can experience similar feelings,” Rios shared during an interview.

Rios hopes the 2026 commemorations can ignite the same sentiment, despite the current national conflicts.

“Our success would be measured by how many Americans feel that this is indeed a land of opportunity,” she added.

The 4th of July event will officially launch the planning for the 2026 commemorations. America250, a non-partisan body established by Congress in 2016 to coordinate the anniversary, will supervise the proceedings. The organization has already enlisted Nextdoor, a neighborhood app, and the YWCA as partners.

“We have some ideas,” Rios stated, “but we’re eager to hear from students and individuals from all regions of the country.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about US 250th Anniversary

When will the 250th anniversary of the United States take place?

The 250th anniversary of the United States will take place in 2026.

Who is responsible for organizing the 250th anniversary celebrations?

America250, a nonpartisan organization created by Congress in 2016, is responsible for organizing the 250th anniversary celebrations.

How will the official kick-off of the 250th anniversary celebration take place?

The official kick-off of the 250th anniversary celebration will occur on July 4 during a Major League Baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs at American Family Field in Milwaukee.

Who is Rosie Rios?

Rosie Rios is the former U.S. Treasurer who now leads the America250 organization, responsible for the 250th anniversary celebrations of the United States.

What is the main aim of the 250th anniversary celebrations, according to Rosie Rios?

Rosie Rios hopes the 250th anniversary celebrations can help mend national conflicts and inspire as many Americans as possible to view their country as a land of opportunity.

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6 comments

SamIam July 1, 2023 - 2:46 am

In a divided country like ours, bringing people together is easier said than done… but heres to hoping this celebration can do some good!

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Proud_Yankee July 1, 2023 - 5:05 am

I love this idea! Time to remind people what being an American is all about! Go America250!!!

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Darius42 July 1, 2023 - 1:40 pm

who else remembers the bicentennial? those were some good times. Hope my grandkids feel the same way bout the 250th anniversary.

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MikeS July 1, 2023 - 4:04 pm

Wow, has it really been 250 years already?! time flies… good luck to America250, we could sure use a bit of unity right now…

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AliCat July 1, 2023 - 6:02 pm

Interesting choice of Rosie Rios to lead this. she did a good job as Treasurer, hoping she can bring the same to the table here.

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Jess_T July 1, 2023 - 8:22 pm

Can’t wait to see how these celebrations unfold! seems like a gr8 opportunity to remember what binds us together as a country.

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