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What is America250KY?

As the United States prepares to celebrate 250 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026, the Kentucky Historical Society and partners across the commonwealth are exploring the state's history from the nation's founding to today.

This commemoration will recognize the people, places, and events that created our shared history over the past 250 years. It will also allow us to examine Kentucky's role in developing the United States and how our country's ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice have evolved since 1776.

Through educational programs, statewide events, and activities, we will celebrate our history while considering what it means to be a Kentuckian.

Known as the original western frontier, Kentucky has always been a crossroads for the country. Our commonwealth has continually provided influential leaders, social movements, and cultural touchstones for the nation. This commemoration will highlight our achievements while embracing our shared responsibilities and roles as citizens of the United States.

Our history matters. Therefore, this important anniversary will showcase how our past—and the ideals of the American Revolution—can help us understand who we are today.