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File #: 161021    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 11/17/2016 In control: Joint Committees on Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs and Commerce & Economic Development
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Joint Committees on Commerce and Economic Development and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs to hold public hearings to consider and make recommendations on how the City of Philadelphia should prepare to host America's 250th Anniversary in 2026.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell
Attachments: 1. Signature16102100.pdf
Title
Authorizing the Joint Committees on Commerce and Economic Development and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs to hold public hearings to consider and make recommendations on how the City of Philadelphia should prepare to host America's 250th Anniversary in 2026.

Body
WHEREAS, In March 2015, in Resolution #150248, Council recognized the planning efforts by the nonprofit organization USA250 to plan for America's 250th Anniversary, and proposed for Philadelphia to serve as the host for its celebration in 2026, a moment to reflect upon our history and contemplate our future progress; and

WHEREAS, Council re-affirms Philadelphia's important history not only as the birthplace of the United States, but also as host to the major national anniversary celebrations thereafter, including the 1876 and 1926 world's fairs, 1976 Bicentennial, and 1987 We the People celebration the Constitution's 200th Anniversary; and

WHEREAS, Council notes in particular the broad impact that American's anniversary celebrations have had in the establishment and growth of the many artistic, cultural, and historical institutions in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, In July 2016, the United States Congress passed Public Law No. 114-196, US Semiquincentennial Commission Act, signed by the President on July 22, 2016; with co-sponsorship at passage by several members of the Pennsylvania delegation including U.S. Senators Casey and Toomey and U.S. Representatives Brady, Boyle, Costello, and Meehan establishing a national commission to plan, develop and coordinate the commemoration and observance of the founding of the U.S. and its history leading up to its 250th Anniversary; and

WHEREAS, By law the Commission shall convene at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and its membership shall be comprised of 4 members of the Senate, 4 members of the House of Representatives, and 16 private citizens appointed by Congress, as well as 9 ex-officio members including the Secretary of State, Sec...

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