In 2026, the United States will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the country. It is an opportunity for reflection on the ideals of the founders of the nation, but also a time to consider the path forward in expanding our realization of those ideals today.
In the spirit of participatory democracy, it is the vision of the America 250 | CT Commission that rather than planning one single commemorative event, we are encouraging organizations and individuals around the state to make meaning of this anniversary in their own way.
Do not wait for instructions from the Commission for a centralized event. Instead, start thinking about what your organization and what your community can do using the following resources:
- America 250 | CT Themes – Inspired by the AASLH Field Guide, Connecticut’s commission has developed four themes for our state’s commemoration.
- Guiding Values – In addition to a mission and vision, the America 250 | CT Commission has developed guiding values for activities related to the commemoration.
- Resources – New links to resources will be added regularly.