With the nationwide commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary coming in 2026, America250 has tapped Cal to serve on its Sports and Entertainment Advisory Council, paring the ‘Iron Man’ with the nation’s effort to mark 250 years of America’s independence in a variety of unique ways.
Led by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, the America250 initiative recently signed a multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball, making the country’s national pastime the first major professional sports league to join the effort in celebrating the nation’s 250th birthday.
“When I heard that Major League Baseball was supporting a celebration of our nation’s 250th birthday, and is the first pro sports league to do so, I thought it was terrific and made perfect sense,” Cal said. “Baseball is our nation’s pastime and should play an integral role in this important anniversary. When MLB approached me about serving on the advisory council it was a no brainer. I am honored to play a small role in this initiative and excited for all that will be taking place in 2026.”
MLB will work with America250 on several initiatives to highlight the sport’s historic roots and cultural contributions including the America250 Time Capsule, a literary podcast featuring classic American stories, and more.
During the 2026 season, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will take place in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia is the home of the Declaration of Independence’s historic signing and will be an epicenter of activities marking the 250th anniversary.
America250 is a multiyear effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the United States. The purpose of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, created by Congress, and the corresponding America250 Foundation, is to catalyze a more perfect union by designing and leading the most comprehensive and inclusive celebration in our country’s history. America250 represents a coalition of public and private partners all working to create initiatives and programs that honor our first 250 years and inspire Americans to imagine our next 250. The commemoration period began in 2020, culminates on July 4, 2026, and officially concludes in 2027.