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We stand on the eve of a grand commemoration. In July 2026, the United States will mark its 250th anniversary – and DAR is preparing to celebrate in a big way!

The National Society has established the America 250! Committee to plan DAR’s involvement during our nation’s upcoming 250th birthday. Much like the Bicentennial celebration of 1976, this observance provides an exceptional opportunity for community involvement. DAR chapters will work to leave a lasting impact on their communities through meaningful local projects and events during this anniversary.

This occasion provides DAR members, as descendants of the generation that secured American independence, the remarkable opportunity to celebrate the longevity of the democratic experiment for which our ancestors fought, not even knowing if the new nation would survive. The upcoming anniversary also offers a chance to help our fellow Americans explore their family histories and discover the roles their ancestors played in founding the nation and shepherding its progress through the generations.

DAR is thrilled to be represented on the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, and looks forward to working with the Commission to help plan nationwide celebrations worthy of this momentous milestone.

United States Semiquincentennial Commission

The United States Semiquincentennial Commission, established in July 2016, assumes the task of facilitating nationwide plans to observe the historic occasion. Leading up to the commemoration, this body will play a central role in shaping the anniversary narrative on a national level. Members of the group will submit recommendations for the consideration of the President and Congress, and assist with the execution of the approved itinerary.

DAR is honored that Honorary President General Lynn Forney Young, has been appointed to be a member of the Commission. Commissioner Young will bring proven leadership and planning ability to this prestigious position.

American Battlefield Trust

The American Battlefield Trust was selected by the Department of the Interior to serve as the national nonprofit partner to the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, working in tandem with the Commission to plan and coordinate America’s landmark commemoration. Throughout its 30-year history, the Trust has distinguished itself in fundraising and managing high profile commemorative events, and that expertise will be invaluable to the 250th Commemoration planning efforts.

The American Battlefield Trust seeks to preserve our nation’s hallowed battlegrounds and educate the public about what happened there and why it matters today.  They work to permanently protect these battlefields for future generations as a lasting and tangible memorial to the brave soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.

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