Get ready to party like it's 2026
You've only got a few years left to learn how to both say and spell semiquincentennial.
What's happening: America is celebrating its 250th birthday in 2026. Yes, that may sound a ways away, but folks in Ohio are already gearing up for the once-in-a-generation celebration.
Why it matters: The whole state is getting involved. Events throughout Columbus and the rest of Ohio will honor our role in the nation's history and help us plan for a bright future.
- Plus, who doesn't love an opportunity to show our Buckeye State pride?
The latest: The Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial released a report last week outlining 43 ideas it solicited across 12 regional listening sessions this year.
🧑🚀 An event underscoring Ohio's prowess in aviation and aerospace
⛵ Tall ship festivals across Lake Erie
🚦 A caravan of vehicles from different eras and a recognition of the Clevelander who invented the modern traffic light
🚪 An expansion of the Ohio Open Doors free historic building tours
🎡 Opening a 1976 bicentennial time capsule at the Ohio State Fair
⛏️ An archaeological study at Fort Laurens, Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort
🏈 "America 250" patches for sports teams
🎨 Murals showcasing Ohioans' accomplishments in every county
🛣️ Highlighting stops on the appropriately named Route 250
Details: The commission is made up of more than two-dozen officials, including former governors Ted Strickland and Nancy Hollister, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor and former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman.
- The Ohio History Connection spearheads this bipartisan effort.
The big picture: A national U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission is coordinating planning across the country for America 250, or what it calls "the most comprehensive and inclusive celebration in our country’s history."
What they're saying: The goal is to build momentum now and create a "runway" to 2026, executive director Todd Klesmit tells Axios.
- More than anything, he hopes the festivities are "a mechanism to help people put their differences aside and think a little more about the things that tie us together."
What's next: The Ohio commission is now creating plans to execute ideas — including the potential costs — and will release annual reports of its activities leading up to the 2026 celebration.
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