Washington, DC – The AFL-CIO and U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission released the following statement today, regarding plans to honor the role of American workers, both past and present, as part of our nation’s Semiquincentennial commemoration, peaking in 2026.

“This Labor Day, we honor the ingenuity of American workers who fuel the engine of our democracy and our prosperity as a country. Workers and their families have helped shape countless American communities, influencing the rich diversity of musical, artistic, educational, religious, and political expression across the nation. As we reflect on our past and look forward to America’s 250th anniversary in 2026, we recognize the contributions of American labor, whose traditions are deeply rooted in the American principles of democratic action and voluntary association. The power of work, often enhanced by the efforts of organized labor, has been a critical economic and geographic driver throughout history, inspiring the migration and immigration trends that shaped our nation. Generations of American workers joined together to advance labor conditions and markets, not only improving their own safety and prosperity, but that of the broader American labor force. Let’s celebrate this unrelenting pursuit for prosperity and unity as we come together as Americans to commemorate our biggest milestone yet in 2026.”

About U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission

The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission was established by Congress to inspire all Americans and each American to participate in our greatest milestone ever—the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the United States. The Commission is charged with orchestrating the largest and most inclusive anniversary observance in our nation’s history. The Commission will work with public and private entities across the country to make America250 a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all Americans. For more information visit www.america250.org and visit us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.