Solomon, Charlton introduce Pa. Commission bill to plan for America’s 250th birthday in 2026

With less than 10 years until America celebrates the nation’s 250th birthday in July 2026, a bipartisan team in the Pennsylvania House has introduced House Bill 1793, establishing the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission.

This effort, led by state Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Alex Charlton, R-Springfield, envisions the commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.

“Our country’s semiquincentennial is a moment for all Americans and Pennsylvanians to engage in a shared undertaking of national unity, remembering what unites us American citizens while aiming toward a better tomorrow as individuals, families and communities,” said Charlton.

In the legislation, the commission is expected to submit a comprehensive report that includes the specific recommendations of the commission to the governor and General Assembly by next September.

“This is exceptional for our commonwealth, as we led and became the first state in the nation to begin the very important planning of welcoming in the 250th birthday of America,” said Solomon.

The commission will coordinate planning with all federal, state and local agencies on infrastructure improvements and projects to welcome regional, national and international tourists.

“For Pennsylvanians, it is both a privilege and responsibility to host the nation and the world on the anniversary of America’s founding,” said Andrew Hohns, board chair of USA250 and member of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission. “Our semiquincentennial will be a celebration and civic moment, shared equally by all Pennsylvanians and by all Americans, to advance equality, life, liberty and happiness as we set a course toward America’s next 250 years.”

The commission will consist of the following members:

  • One Republican and Democratic member of the Senate.
  • One Republican and Democratic member of the House.
  • Twenty private citizens who will be appointed by the governor, Senate and House.
  • Non-voting members including the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the attorney general, the auditor general, the chair of PA Historical and Museum Commission, the secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Education, the secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources, the adjutant general and the chair of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

“It’s extremely important for us to recognize Pennsylvania’s integral role in the founding of the United States and the impacts of its people on the nation’s past, present and future,” said Charlton.

Meetings of Pennsylvania’s Semiquincentennial Commission will be held throughout the Commonwealth at times and locations determined by the chairperson, whom the governor will appoint.

“Our objective is to impact and showcase all counties in this Commonwealth,” said Solomon. “This commission’s aim is to draw attention to the achievements, struggles, honors, innovations and impacts of all people in Pennsylvania since before its founding and up until the present day.”