Pennsylvania is planning to be ground zero when it comes to the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.

The state is taking the lead on the celebration because the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed in Philadelphia.

Mercer County is already preparing for the celebration that will take place in 2026.

"We encourage the community to get involved and to celebrate our anniversary and the things that make us Americans," Ann Coleman, a member of the Mercer County America 250th Commission said.

Each county in Pennsylvania is appointing someone to serve on the America 250th committee.

The state has been critical to American history with Philadelphia being a central location for many historical events.

As mentioned above, Independence Hall was the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

The city also served as the meeting place for the First and Second Continental Congress during America's early years. Other artifacts from American history, such as the Liberty Bell are held in Philidelphia and the city held the President's House from 1790-1800.