This year’s 4th of July kicks off the three-year countdown to the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has released its fifth annual report on preparations for the Semiquincentennial. This year’s report highlights the status of planning over the last year at the national and state levels and the important work that is left to be done for history organizations to prepare for this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

This year’s report includes:

  • A message from U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission Chair Rosie Rios.
  • Five observations about the extent of state-level funding available to support 250th planning.
  • A recap of AASLH activities and resources to help you prepare for the 250th. More are coming!
  • Five recommendations from AASLH on what the history community should prioritize over the next year to prepare for the Semiquincentennial.

The 250th anniversary is a vital opportunity to help American society progress towards justice through an inclusive approach to history and to strengthen the history field by attracting interest and investment.

AASLH is your partner and has been the national leader in helping history organizations prepare for the Semiquincentennial.

Visit to download our Field Guide for the Semiquincentennial, learn about your state’s 250th commission, and access all of the resources AASLH has created to help you and your organization plan and prepare.