Public is invited to join and help shape America250 commemoration 

Washington, D.C. –America250, the nationwide commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026 led by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, will host its next Community Conversation, Beyond the 50 States, on Thursday, November 4, at 6 pm ET. Representatives of U.S. Jurisdictions Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the District of Columbia will have the opportunity to share what the U.S. Semiquincentennial means to them and their communities, and their hopes for the America250 commemoration and celebration. The forum is designed to provide all communities the opportunity to speak into and shape America250 activities. 

The 60-minute Community Conversation will feature several esteemed panelists: Eduardo Arosemena-Muñoz, Chairman, Board of Directors, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture; Elliott L. Ferguson, President and CEO, Destination DC (DCC); Dr. Kimberlee Kihleng, Executive Director, Humanities Guåhan; Letitia “Tish” Mautumua Peau-Folau, Cultural and Environmental Officer, American Samoa Government; Leo Pangelinan, Executive Director, Northern Marianas Humanities; and Verdel L. Peterson, Facilitator of the Capacity Building Project, U.S. Virgin Islands.

To register for Community Conversation: Beyond the 50 States, please visit

America250’s ongoing series of Community Conversations aims to engage with communities across the United States and around the world leading up to 2026. To date, America250 spoke with Military Families and members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies about how America250 can support them.

About America250

America250 is a multiyear effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the United States. The purpose of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, created by Congress, and the corresponding America250 Foundation, is to catalyze a more perfect union by designing and leading the most comprehensive and inclusive celebration in our country’s history. America250 represents a coalition of public and private partners all working to create initiatives and programs that honor our first 250 years and inspire Americans to imagine our next 250. The commemoration period began in 2020, culminates on July 4, 2026, and officially concludes in 2027. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and  Instagram.

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