The 250th anniversary of the nation’s independence (its semiquincentennial) is not just coming – it’s here.
No other state has had a more defining role in the creation of our nation than Virginia. The very fabric of our national identity was woven in Virginia. From the first colonists to the Founding Fathers to First Baptist Church. . . from native lands to the journey to freedom for the enslaved . . . from its defining role in the American Revolution, the Civil War, Civil Rights, and so much more…. Virginia’s history is America’s story.
Even more, in Virginia, the American Revolution was a war, but more than a war. It was a Revolution of Ideas. The very ideas and ideals that laid the foundation for a new nation based on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, were formed, articulated, and put into motion here, in Virginia. The young nation conceived and formed 250 years ago is now a beacon of hope and opportunity for the world. There is no doubt that, indeed, Virginia’s history is America’s story, with new chapters still being written across the Commonwealth today.
Established by the General Assembly in 2020, the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission (VA250) serves to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, the Revolutionary War, and the independence of the United States in the Commonwealth of Virginia, one of the former colonies and future states, where much of this history took place.
A primary goal of the Commission is to convene and facilitate a multi-year series of robust events, including three national signature events annually through 2026 and dozens of Virginia-specific signature events that mark key anniversaries and events across every corner of the state.
Join us throughout Virginia as we commemorate the American Revolution and come together to mark 250 years since the founding of a nation and our continuing march toward a more perfect Union.
Access the annual executive summary of the interim activity and work of the Virginia American Revolution 250 commission.