August 2023 Newsletter


The 250th anniversary of the nation’s independence – its semiquincentennial – is less than three years away! Here’s what you should know and do right now to prepare.


Virginia is THE place to be for the 250th! In addition to three major Signature Events each year, there will be hundreds of special events and key anniversaries across the state. After all, Virginia’s History is America’s Story!
Be on the lookout for details of upcoming plans such as:

  • Anniversaries of events that lead to the American Revolution such as:
    • Fall 2024: Lafayette Grand Tour
    • November 9, 2024: Yorktown Tea Party
    • January 2025: Fincastle Resolutions
    • March 23, 2025: Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech
    • June 2026: Sail250
    • July 4, 2026: Declaration of Independence
  • A traveling Mobile Museum
  • A signature museum exhibit
  • Educational resources for Virginia schools
  • Grant opportunities for local Virginia communities

    You don’t have to wait for 2026 to find revolutionary history in Virginia! From historical sites and museums to events commemorating Virginia’s history, the Commonwealth is rich in 18th century stories. Check out these places near you and across the state with our interactive map. You won’t want to miss a single one!


    As the excitement and energy around the semiquincentennial builds across Virginia and the nation, counties and cities in Virginia are busy forming their own VA250 committees to plan local and regionally focused events and to work with the state-level commission. Welcome to our newest Local Committees!

  • Brunswick County
  • Campbell County
  • Carroll County
  • Chesapeake
  • Henry County
  • Montgomery County
  • New Kent County
  • Northampton County
  • Portsmouth
  • Click here for a list of currently organized localities along with their main point of contact. Can’t find your city of county?


    The VA250 Commission is committed to bringing impactful and thoughtful exhibits, events, and programs that inspire all Americans to learn more about Virginia’s key role in the founding of our nation. Virginia’s History is America’s Story – join the 250th Commemoration Society to be a part of it all.

    National Honorary VA250 Chairperson Carly Fiorina (center) with Bank of Botetourt President and COO Michelle Austin (left) and First Vice President – Marketing Strategy and Business Development Officer Mary Ann Miller at an August VA250 fundraiser in Roanoke, Va.
    Photo credit: Bank of Botetourt Facebook page.


    Get ready for the nation’s 250th birthdayCardinal News

    “We tend to think that the Virginia portion of the American Revolution took place entirely on the eastern side of the state, but Del. Terry Austin, R-Botetourt County, is quick to point out that’s not so.”

    VA250 is creating a buzz! Read more news here.


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