As the United States looks ahead to the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War in 2026, politicians and leaders of the history community on Long Island have announced plans for a commemoration of the region’s local ties to the American War for Independence.
A bi-county (Suffolk and Nassau) planning commission, the Long Island 250 Commission, is planning to design a series of events to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the role that Long Island played during the Revolutionary period.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the formation of the commission in June at Sagtikos Manor, a former headquarters for the British Army.
Local historians, educators and representatives from the five Indigenous Nations on Long Island are expected to participate in the planning. Organizers say the focus will be on local military actions, political divisions at the time and the Revolution’s impact on local residents.
Photo: Re-enactors portraying American and French soldiers of the American Revolution firing a salute (courtesy Discover Long Island).