“With this first major round of funding, we can get serious about telling our story to the nation and the world,” State Senator Mike Barrett, chair of the finance subcommittee on the commission and a pivotal figure in encouraging the funds, said in a statement.
The state’s celebrations, to take place in 2025, will be a major part of national commemorations marking the founding of the country. The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, also known as America250, was established by Congress in 2016. Massachusetts is one of 38 states that is partnering with America250 to orchestrate celebrations.
Lexington is anticipated to be a “key player,” a spokesperson for Sen. Barrett’s office told the LexObserver, attracting an influx of tourists locally and statewide because of the town’s historical importance.