A birthday celebration for the nation is the kind of event that can be described as quintessential Trump: full of patriotic themes and state planning. He’s been on his radar for a while. In his first address to the joint session of Congress, Trump noted that «in nine years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding, 250 years from the day we declared our independence.» Trump also created a 1776 Commission while in the White House to «allow a new generation to better understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776.»
For the current incarnation of the idea, Trump proposes creating a task force on the first day of his presidency to work with state and local governments «to ensure not just one day of celebration, but a full year of festivities across the globe.» country beginning on Memorial Day 2025 and ending on July 4, 2026.”
The bulk of Trump’s yearlong party plans is a massive fair, like a modern world’s fair, showcasing every state. Trump suggests that the event «could be held» at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, a conspicuous suggestion that seems designed to appeal to voters in the first caucus state.
“I will work with all 50 Governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, to create the Great American State Fair, a one-of-a-kind, year-long exhibit featuring pavilions from all 50 states. It will be something. The Great American State Fair will showcase the glory of every state in the Union, promote pride in our history, and present innovative visions for America’s future,» Trump said in the video.
“My hope is that the amazing people of Iowa will work with my administration to open the legendary Iowa State Fairgrounds to host the Great American State Fair and welcome millions upon millions of visitors from around the world to the heart of America to this special. -festival time,” Trump said. «Together we will build it, and they will come.»
It’s not entirely clear how the country could fill 365 days of celebration, though Trump does suggest some ideas. He proposed «Patriot Games» for high school athletes and called for the revival of his proposed «National Garden of American Heroes,» which was part of an executive order he signed before leaving the White House. However, Trump’s garden never received funding or began construction after President Joe Biden scrapped the plans early in his term.
In 1976, President Gerald Ford presided over the 200th anniversary of American independence and a year-long bicentennial celebration that featured an American Freedom train that traveled across the continental US, sailing parades of large boats and a parade of the bicentennial of the USA Queen Elizabeth.
Trump also proposed inviting dignitaries from around the world to the celebration.
“The tourist industry in the United States must prepare because a lot of people are going to come. It will be a record year,” Trump said in the video.