Five years ago, the town of Guildhall, Vermont was struggling with a term for its own 250th anniversary as well.
“Sestercentennial, Bicenquinquagenary, Quarter Millennium or Semiquincentennial, what will it be,” the town Facebook page asked.
It’s not hard to figure out that “Bicenquinquagenary” would be a tongue twister of a term, but it’s been used before – like in 1999, by Washington and Lee University to mark its 250th anniversary.
Princeton University used the same word a few years before that.
Back in 2009, “Bicenquinquagenary” was used in legislation in the Congress, as lawmakers took the first steps to figure out how to organize and celebrate for the nation’s 250th anniversary.
That bill – bearing the term “Bicenquinquagenary” didn’t go anywhere in the Congress in 2009 – and that’s probably why it won’t be the official term in 2026.
I mean, I’m in radio – just try to say Bicenquinquagenary a few times.
Instead, “semiquincentennial” seems to be the word of choice for 2026.
So, you’ve got ten years to get used to it – The Semiquincentennial, on July 4, 2026.