Washington– The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission (America250) have partnered to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. The partnership will enrich efforts to educate and inspire as the nation begins the countdown to the largest and most inclusive commemoration in the nation’s history.

The commemoration period will launch on July 4, 2020 and continue through 2026. During that time, America250 and the NPS will work to connect nearly 330 million Americans, as well as millions of international friends, with the country’s heritage and continuing journey.

‘Through the sites, stories, programs, and resources of the National Park Service, we are eager to work alongside America250 to engage all voices in a dialogue about our country, its multifaceted history, and ongoing efforts to form a more perfect union,’ said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela exercising the authority of the Director.

‘For many Americans, this July Fourth will look and feel very different,’ said Daniel DiLella, Chairman, America250. ‘These challenging times give us a unique opportunity to reflect on our shared history, and how each of our stories is woven together with the stories of all Americans. The National Park Service brings these stories to light through the deep cultural history of our National Park System, places where generations of Americans are reminded of our common ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Click here to read the entire article.