File #: 150248    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/26/2015 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/26/2015
Title: Supporting USA250's efforts to make Philadelphia the home of our nation's 250th Anniversary in 2026
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Tasco, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember O'Brien, Councilmember Neilson
Attachments: 1. Signature15024800.pdf
Supporting USA250's efforts to make Philadelphia the home of our nation's 250th Anniversary in 2026

WHEREAS, The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in America, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Approximately 10 million visitors attended the Centennial International Exhibition, equivalent to 25% of the population of the United States; and

WHEREAS, The Centennial engaged the world around the leading artistic, commercial, and agricultural advancements of that era. Adapting these concepts to today, USA250 is researching traditional World Expo guidelines while also exploring alternative program models; and

WHEREAS, The International Exposition of 1926 was a world's fair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the 50th anniversary of the 1876 Centennial Exposition. The fair drew about 10 million visitors; and

WHEREAS, In celebration of our nation's Bicentennial, Philadelphia was selected to host the 1976 NBA All-Star Game, the 1976 National Hockey League All-Star Game, the 1976 NCAA Final Four, and the 1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at which President Ford threw out the first pitch. In July of 1976, Philadelphia hosted Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, presenting a Bicentennial Bell made in the same foundry as the original Liberty Bell; and

WHEREAS, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Museum of American Jewish History, and the Mummers Museum were established in 1976 in connection with the Bicentennial; and

WHEREAS, In 2000, Philadelphia hosted the Republican National Convention. The convention yielded $345 million in total sales, produced the equivalent of 4,777 full-time jobs and $167 million in personal income; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia will soon wel...

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