The National Park Service is partnering with the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission—also known as “America250″— to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. The 6-year event will take place at National Park Service sites across the country that interpret and protect American heritage.

“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.

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.

“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.”

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