Get Involved: Americans Coming Together

Leading up to the largest and most inclusive commemoration and celebration in American history, America250 is planning a multi-year, national effort to engage, educate, and unite Americans from sea to shining sea through the following tentpole programs.

America’s Invitation

A unique opportunity for Americans to share their stories and their hopes and dreams for the future of our country. Together, these stories create a portrait of America at 250 years. Launched: Summer 2023.

America’s Field Trip

A multi-year contest that invites students in grades 3-12 to submit artwork, videos, and essays, answering the question, “What does America mean to you?” for the chance to earn unique experiences at iconic American historical and cultural sites. Pilot launched: Spring 2024 (next round opening fall 2024).

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Our American Story

A national effort to compile an oral history and understanding of the United States.

Coming Soon

  • America Gives: An effort focused on reinvigorating a year-round culture of service beyond 2026 – grounded in three key pillars: charitable giving, volunteering, and public service – which includes military service.
  • America’s Culture: An opportunity to showcase American art forms, creative expressions, and cultural touchstones, and increase access to and awareness of the arts in America.
  • America Innovates: A traveling tech expo that will display America’s greatest innovations as well as our aspirations for the future, asking the next generation of creators what innovations they want to create that will be critical for the next 250 years.
  • America Waves: An initiative designed to create moments for all Americans to come together with their communities, to wave their American flags, celebrate America’s 250th, and honor the contributions of those who brought us to where we are today.
  • Time Capsule: A collaboration involving all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia to collect items for a time capsule to be buried in Philadelphia on July 4, 2026.
  • July 4th 2026 Activations: A national celebration in Washington, DC and across the country on July 4, 2026 in which we will partner with established groups who host legacy July 4th events as well as parade organizers at the state and local levels.