June 14 is Flag Day. Juneteenth is June 19. The 50th anniversary of the 26th Amendment that extended voting rights to 18-year-olds is July 1. The 1964 Civil Rights Act’s birthday is one day later, on July 2. And, of course, Independence Day is July 4.
Let the Civic Season begin.
That’s not just a term we grabbed out of thin air. The Civic Season is the official name of a new movement involving civics and history groups across the nation (including our friends at History Nebraska) that is encouraging us all to connect with our past, take action in the present, and shape the future.
During this first-ever Civic Season, activities and celebrations are popping up all over the United States – in-person and virtually – in neighborhoods, cities, towns, and social spaces. On social media, follow and interact with the hashtag #CivicSeason.
A joint effort from Made By Us and Civics Unplugged, the Civic Season is about expanding the lens: making space for more stories from the past, more voices from the present, and more input on what an annual tradition for civic participation could look like.
We invite you to explore with us the offerings and activities coming from the energy of this Civic Season. No matter the place or platform, these events, resources, and experiences encourage us to explore our history, our nation, and our democracy – and act. Season’s greetings!