“America’s Invitation” will encourage every American to be part of historic 250th commemoration
Nextdoor, YWCA USA join historic effort as official partners
(Milwaukee, WI) – The United States Semiquincentennial Commission, also known as America250, the official nonpartisan entity charged with planning and orchestrating the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding, is kicking off the three-year countdown to 2026 with “America’s Invitation,” a new nationwide public awareness and engagement campaign encouraging every American to be part of this historic commemoration.
America250 will launch America’s Invitation on Independence Day at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisc., when the Milwaukee Brewers host their historic division rivals, the Chicago Cubs. America250 is also proud to announce that Nextdoor, an app dedicated to connecting neighborhoods, and YWCA USA, the nation’s oldest and largest women’s organization, have officially joined America250 as partners.
Pre-game programming will feature the debut of the America’s Invitation launch video and a press conference with key partners and guests. Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about America250 and participate directly in “America’s Invitation” by visiting a booth located on the concourse and recording a video that tells their own American story.
“America’s 250th anniversary belongs to all of us, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to be a part of it. That’s why we’re launching the countdown to 2026 with America’s Invitation: an invitation for all Americans to share their own unique American stories and their hopes for our future,” said Rosie Rios, Chair of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission and former Treasurer of the United States. “Commemorating America’s 250th is a chance to pause and reflect on our nation’s past, to honor the contributions made by generations of Americans, and to envision the future we want to create for the next generation and beyond. We’re honored to launch this effort in the nation’s heartland at American Family Field as we build momentum and excitement on this multi-year journey to 2026.”
“There’s no better backdrop than right here in Milwaukee, at American Family Field, with the Brewers-Cubs and America’s pastime serving to kick-start this inspiring initiative,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers President – Business Operations. “As we gear up for this historic commemoration, we look forward to bringing together fans and families at American Family Field to begin the celebration with us.”
Over the next three years, America250 will continue to host commemorative events in every state and territory, together with America250 state commissions and community leaders, inviting all Americans to reflect on the nation’s past, honor the contributions by Americans from all walks of life, and look to the future for the next generation and beyond. America250 will also partner with leading national organizations as part of the multi-year effort, including Nextdoor and YWCA USA.
America’s Invitation: Building the Largest, Most Inclusive Commemoration in History
On July 4th, 2023, America250 is launching America’s Invitation: an opportunity for all Americans to get involved in the countdown to our nation’s Semiquincentennial. America’s Invitation will encourage all Americans to share their own unique American stories — about their communities, culture, neighborhoods and more — and their hopes and dreams for the future. Americans can submit photos, videos, essays, artwork, songs, and other content at stories.America250.org. America250 will feature this content on its website, on social media, at commemorative events, and through partner organizations. Together, the content shared with America250 will create a portrait of America at 250 to pass down to future generations.
“We are thrilled to partner with America250 to bring neighborhoods together from Anchorage, Alaska to Bangor, Maine as we commemorate the 250th anniversary of our nation,” said Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar. “Helping neighbors to connect to the neighborhoods that matter to them is at the heart of everything we do at Nextdoor, and we’re excited to help Americans across the country engage and celebrate this important milestone in our shared history.”
“A moment like this affords the nation a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on everything that has come before us — the uphill struggles and the joyous victories —and recommit to building a brighter, more equitable future for the next generation,” said Margaret Mitchell, CEO, YWCA USA. “We’re proud to partner with America250 on what will be a truly memorable commemoration for all Americans.”
The launch of America’s Invitation, a multi-year public awareness and engagement campaign engaging Americans in the lead up to the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 2026.
- Rosie Rios, Chair of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Margaret Mitchell, CEO, YWCA USA
WHERE & WHEN
American Family Field,
1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214
at 10:00 am CT on July 4, 2023
***The press conference will be held at American Family Field. Parking will be available at the Kuenn Parking Lot, and entrance will be through the Potawatomi Gate. Media interested in covering the press conference must RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Media DO NOT need credentials to cover the press conference.***
Launch Video Debut:
American Family Field,
1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214
at 3:10 pm CT on July 4, 2023
***All media interested in covering the launch video debut MUST BE credentialed by the Milwaukee Brewers at least 24 hours in advance. Please visit credentials.mlb.com to apply. Parking will be available at the Kuenn Parking Lot, and entrance will be through the Potawatomi Gate.***
About America 250
America250 is a nonpartisan initiative working to engage every American in commemorating the 250th anniversary of our country, spearheaded by the congressionally-appointed U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission made up of private citizens, U.S. Representatives and Senators, along with 12 ex-officio members representing all three branches of the federal government, and its nonprofit supporting organization, the America250 Foundation. This multi-year effort, from now through July 4, 2026, is an opportunity to pause and reflect on our nation’s past, honor the contributions of all Americans, and look to the future we want to create for the next generation and beyond. To learn more, visit America250.org, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.