Civic Season

Civic Season - It's time to create a new kind of tradition

Join the Civic Season, Juneteenth (June 19)–July 4 


The National Museum of American History is a founding member of Made By Us, an unparalleled collaboration of historic sites and museums joining forces to inform civic engagement as we look toward the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

As part of this effort, the National Museum of American History invites you to celebrate  from Juneteenth (June 19) to July 4, 2022, with a special cross country pre-season kickoff on June 12. 




The Fourth of July commemorates the moment when a new generation boldly articulated the values of a new nation: freedom, equality, justice, rights, and opportunity. Juneteenth reminds us that people in the United States have fought to make those values a reality for hundreds of years, and we still have work to do. This tension between our nation’s promises and practices calls us all to dig deeper into our traditions, history, and role in forming “a more perfect union” in the future.   

Today, amid a groundswell of interest in the future of the United States, how might we imagine a new kind of tradition that goes beyond hot dogs and fireworks?

An annual Civic Season, beginning on Juneteenth (June 19) and culminating on Independence Day (July 4), will connect Americans nationwide with ways to explore our complex past, take action in the present, and shape the future. 

Explore the following civic actions and activities: 

The Civic Season is made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Coca-Cola Company, and AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate.