JACKSON, MS – On March 28, 2023, Governor Tate Reeves signed into law Senate Bill 2139 – legislation establishing the “Mississippi USA Semiquincentennial Commission and Mississippi Semiquincentennial Celebration Fund,” part of a statewide and national effort to commemorate the United States Semiquincentennial. In collaboration with America250, 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.

Mississippi has become the 32nd state 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 work in full partnership with each of these state and territorial entities to facilitate coordination and collaboration, and to ensure the broadest possible participation and visibility during this historic commemoration.

“On behalf of America250, I am delighted to congratulate Mississippi on getting us one step closer to a state semiquincentennial commission in every state,” Rosie Rios, U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission Chair said. “As we prepare to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of our country in 2026, Mississippi’s participation and leadership in this historic event will be essential. I’d like to thank the Governor, Senator Lydia Chassaniol for sponsoring the legislation, and members of the Mississippi legislature for their bipartisan support. I look forward to working with the First Lady Elee Reeves, Chairwoman of the Commission along with other state leaders to coordinate the largest and most inclusive anniversary in our nation’s history. We’ve got big plans for the Magnolia State.”

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