Editor’s Note: America250, the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, and a partner in planning for the United States’ 250th anniversary in 2026, asked us to share the message below. We encourage all history organizations to participate in America’s Invitation and to encourage your community members to participate as well. All of AASLH’s resources to prepare for the 250th can be found at aaslh.org/250.

Happy Fourth of July! This year, we are marking the 247th anniversary of our nation’s founding, and in just three years, we will be commemorating our Semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary.

In the lead up to this historic milestone, we are pleased to announce that our partner America250 is launching America’s Invitation, a nationwide public awareness engagement campaign for all Americans to share stories and hopes and dreams for our future. This effort will kick off the three-year countdown to 2026 and we hope you join us by visiting stories.america250.org.

America’s Invitation is an opportunity for Americans across the country, from every background, to take part in reflecting on our past and looking to the future by sharing their stories, and the things they love about America, as we continue to strive for “a more perfect union.”

Taking part in America’s Invitation is easy — visit stories.america250.org to share photos, videos, artwork, essays, songs, poems, or anything else that highlights what America means to you and how you hope to commemorate this milestone. This content may be showcased by America250 on its website, in videos, on social media, and more. Together, the content will highlight what makes America unique and ensure we are building a commemoration that includes all of us.

Over the next three years, America250 will continue to host commemorative events across the country. To find out more info, sign up here.

We look forward to sharing this historic milestone together with you! To learn more, visit America250.org, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.