This is the first in a series of articles that will be shared on KAWX.ORG, written and submitted by Kathy Hagler of the local James K. Polk Chpater of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, leading up to the 250th birthday of the USA on July 4, 2026.
The United States Semiquincentennial, or 250th, birthday, will be July 4, 2026. There will be festivities scheduled nationwide to mark the events leading up to our nation's birthday.
There were no major government sponsored observances or celebrations in1826, which was the 50th anniversary of our country's existence. Former presidents and signers of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4,1826. Nationwide celebrations were held in 1876,the 100th anniversary of our country's existence and were centered around the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. In 1926, a Sesquicentennial, or 150th, Exposition was held in Philadelphia and in 1976, Bicentennial, or 200th anniversary, observances were held around the country.
The United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016 directs the United States Government to issue commemorative coins and postage stamps and commission appropriately named navel vessels, ahead of the semiquincentennial. Officially organized and independently created activities are also being planned. The legislation specifically directs the organization of events "in locations of historical significance to the United States ". Included on this list are the "leading cities "of Boston, Charleston, New York and Philadelphia.
Kathy Hagler, 2nd Vice Regent
James K. Polk Chapter, NSDAR
1-22-23 11:01 A.M. KAWX.ORG
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