The year 2026 will be the United State’s 250th anniversary, and the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission invites people to contribute their hopes for the country’s future in video, audio or in writing.

You can read more about the planned activities at The NY Times article, Will America Be Ready for Its 250th Birthday?

That article brought back memories of the 200th anniversary for me. I was active in the People’s Bicentennial Commission (the article talks briefly about that organization). And on July 4th of that year, I participated in a very large nonviolent demonstration surrounded by police sharpshooters stationed by Mayor and former police chief Frank Rizzo on apartment roofs surrounding the site.

The best part of the day was being able to watch the amazing Philadelphia fireworks display while taking a bus back to New York City, and then being able to watch the last part of the amazing New York City fireworks show that was still going on when we arrived back there!