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Get Ready For America 250 In Chattanooga And Hamilton County

“Wave Your Stripes” banner for America 250.
America 250

It’s a word that comes around every 250 years - and just a few years from now, it will come for a celebration from sea to shining sea.

July 4th, 2026 will be the 250th anniversary - or the semiquincentennial - of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence, the birth of the United States of America.

America 250 is a nonpartisan initiative to engage people to celebrate the anniversary in their own communities - and here in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, plans are already getting started.

Linda Moss Mines is the Chattanooga and Hamilton County Historian.

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.
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