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Our Primer Guide to Princeton Semiquincentennial Celebrations!!

America marks a huge anniversary in 2026: its 250th birthday!
As the first Capital of the United States and one of the most pivotal battles during the Revolution, Princeton will be a must-see destination with it’s  Semiquincentennial celebrations filled with guided historical tours, re-enactments, world class exhibits, pub crawls, ghost tours, lecture series, festivals, fireworks and more!
a sculpture of a person

Princeton’s vast historical and cultural offerings will be on full display all year long.  Special exhibitions come to Princeton through the incredible Morven Museum & Garden, Historical Society of Princeton, Thomas Clarke House, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University Firestone Library, Mudd Manuscript Library, Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson House, Princeton Public Library and Rockingham.

Visitors can expect our colonial town to be fully immersed in the spirit of the celebration – businesses creatively celebrating the historic event along with multiple neighborhood-wide block parties.

A ceremony will be held in at Princeton Battlefield to bury a 250 year capsule and apple saplings will be planted in commemoration for the lives lost on January 3, 1783.   Princeton Monument will host a reading of The Treaty of Paris, the document the Continental Congress received at Nassau Hall in November 1783, making Princeton the first Capital of the United States.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field

While you explore Princeton, you might want to extend your stay with other fun destinations!  To continue your historical interests, visit Washington’s Crossing & The Barracks.  A trip to Grounds for Sculpture always delivers a wonderful artistic retreat and don’t forget, beginning July 19, 2026, MetLife Stadium will host FIFA World Cup soccer championship matches.

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