DOVER, DE – Last week, the Delaware Public Archives moved to task the Delaware Heritage Commission as the entity to plan for the state’s Semiquincentennial activities. Delaware joins America250 as part of a statewide and national effort to commemorate the United States Semiquincentennial. In collaboration with America250, a nonpartisan initiative working to engage every American in commemorating the 250th anniversary of our country, the commission will play a key role in promoting and coordinating civic engagement efforts leading up to the 250th anniversary of the United States of America in 2026.

Delaware becomes the 37th state or U.S. territory to establish a Semiquincentennial commission. The state’s move is part of America250’s effort to form an America250 commission or state-designated entity in every U.S. state and territory to plan for the nation’s 250th anniversary. Over the next three years, America250 will partner with each state and territorial entity to facilitate coordination and collaboration and ensure the broadest possible participation and visibility during this historic commemoration.

“On behalf of America250, I am delighted to congratulate Delaware on getting us one step closer to a Semiquincentennial commission in every state,” Rosie Rios, U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission Chair, said. “Delaware, with its significant role as the first state to ratify our Constitution, holds a special place in American history, and their involvement will ensure that this historic milestone is honored with an unprecedented sense of inclusivity and collaboration. I’m excited to welcome Delaware’s enthusiastic participation in this meaningful endeavor and eagerly anticipate engaging every Delawarean in this grand commemoration of America.”