With four years to go before the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of U.S. independence, on Friday Gov. Ned Lamont signed a executive order creating a 21-member commission tasked with planning activities related to the country’s founding, encouraging “scholarly examination” of the 18th-century events and coordinating with tourism agencies and the state’s economic agency to promote Connecticut as a destination for the nationwide celebrations.
“We’re not just a nation of borders, we’re a nation of ideals, and that’s what July 4 is all about and that’s what I think this commission is going to remind people — how important it is,” Lamont said at a press conference on Friday.
With Friday’s order, Connecticut joins 29 other states that already have already begun planning the celebrations, including the majority of other states in the northeast, and every state in New England except Maine.
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