The United States of America is observing its 250th birthday and not just on July 4, 2026. Around the nation, Americans are developing ways to mark this rolling anniversary of the American Revolution. Rhode Islanders are leading the way with programs and activities in Revolutionary places, from Newport to Warwick. Here are some national and regional resources for reference, followed by a growing list of potential Rhode Island contacts::
>The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission was established by Congress in 2016 to "plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the history of the United States leading up to the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States."
> As the nationwide non-profit partner of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, the America 250 Foundation aims "to inspire all Americans and each American to participate in our greatest milestone ever — the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States." After you visit the website, tune into the America 250 YouTube channel for national conversations on tourism, education, veterans' service, and more.
>The American Association of State and Local History website features a page of Semiquincentennial resources.
>Revolution 250 is "a consortium of organizations working together to commemorate the 250th anniversaries of the events that led to American Revolution." Based in Massachusetts, its works with groups in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.