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.
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.
We ask all local officials to send us a local contact that can be shared with people who would like to be more involved in the Commission and its work. As we move forward, we will also share details on funding and promoting your events.
- 2023: Towns begin planning meetings and contribute local contacts, while the Commission creates and distributes guidelines via organizational partners and local contacts. Towns are encouraged to have conversations about the America 250 | CT themes, distribute surveys, and share resources.
- 2024: Towns continue to meet and plan for 2026. Planning grants and capacity grants are available through CT Humanities.
- 2025: Finalize plans for activities—school programs, exhibitions, lecture series, community conversations—that will be happening. Implementation grants are available through CT Humanities.
- 2026: Commemorative activities take place throughout the state. Quick grants are available through CT Humanities.
- 2027 and onwards: Continue the conversations that began through this process!