On June 28, 2017, DAR announced a $380,000 donation to the National Park Service to underwrite the planting and ongoing care of 76 trees at Independence National Historical Park in honor of the Spirit of '76 that inspired the colonists to declare their independence. This is the first major gift for the United States Semiquincentennial in 2026.
The trees will be planted over the next three years and mature as the nation approaches its 250th anniversary, the United States Semiquincentennial. Independence Mall is comprised of several landscapes that support the park's historical, educational, and civic purpose. The new trees will significantly enhance the overall character that has defined and will continue to define the park for decades.
This donation follows a long list of DAR contributions over generations to strengthen Independence Hall and its surrounding environs. DAR sponsored the planting of 13 trees at Independence Square during the 1926 Sesquicentennial and also funded the restoration of Independence Hall’s second floor for the 1976 Bicentennial.