All about the Historic U.S. Route 66 Centennial in 2026



Route 66 Centennial: 1926-2026

Route 66 in 2026 ... celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Mother Road during the Route 66 Centennial

In 2026, the nation will be celebrating the Route 66 Centennial ... the 100th anniversary of the Mother Road serving the traveling public!

Route 66 was one of the United States' first continuous stretches of paved highway, and served as a major path for those who migrated west.

"The Mother Road" was commissioned on November 11, 1926, and ultimately stretched 2,448 miles (3,940 km) from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Many states and organizations are planning special events and tours to highlight the Centennial.

In addition, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on December 23, 2020. The Act creates a commission that will recommend activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of U.S. Route 66 in 2026. It will consist of representatives from each of the eight Route 66 states. Members will recommend the production of various written materials, films and documentaries to commemorate the history of Route 66.

Members of the Commission were announced by The White House on December 28, 2022.

Official Route 66 Centennial Commission website

Historic U.S. Route 66 ... Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Mother Road, the Centennial: 1926 - 2026

 

We are highlighting on this page resources and news related to the Route 66 Centennial and the 100th Anniversary of the Mother Road.

News of Interest Related to the Route 66 Centennial

Eight new musical roads along U.S Route 66 proposed for 100 year celebraton in 2026
PRWeb - 02/22/2024
U.S. Route 66 Centennial ommission accepting ideas for anniversary celebration
WJBC Bloomington, IL - 02/15/2024
Heritage Corridor Destinations Gets Ready For Route 66 Centennial
The Times Weekly - 02/14/2024
$3.3 Million in Grant Funding for Projects Along the Historic Route 66
ABC NewsChannel 7 - 02/07/2024
National Trust for Historic Preservation launches Preserve Route 66: Share Your Story campaign
KFDA News Channel 10 Amarillo - 01/18/2024
Tourism boom looms on the horizon for Route 66 Centennial
Four States Home Page - 10/27/2023
New Mexico prepares for Route 66 centennial — but which route will be celebrated?
Santa Fe New Mexican - 10/24/2023
Tulsa's Red Fork District being restored ahead of Route 66 Centennial Celebration
News on 6 - Tulsa, OK - 10/23/2023
Edmond joins group paving the way to Route 66's Centennial Celebration in 2026
City of Edmond, OK - 10/16/2023
MidPoint Corridor Association Paves the Way to Route 66 Centennial in 2026- The Greatest 100 Miles of Oklahoma Route 66
Kalkine Media - 09/28/2023
Governors invited to join consortium for Route 66 centennial planning
Quay County Sun - 06/20/2023
Route 66, America’s 'Mother Road,' readies for its centennial
Tucson Sentinel - 06/10/2023
Preparing for the centennial of Route 66
Illinois Times - 06/08/2023
Route 66 Commission Offering Grants to Help Businesses Prepare for Centennial Celebration
News 9 - Oklahoma City - 04/17/2023
Route 66 turns 100 in 2026
FOX23 News Tulsa - 02/16/2023
Texas Is Getting Ready to Celebrate 100 Years of Route 66
MIX94.1 Amarillo - 01/11/2023
Members of Route 66 Centennial Commission Announced
The White House - 12/28/2022
Springfield named centennial host city for the 11th Annual Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference
WAND Central Illinois - 10/25/2022
Missouri Historical Society preps for Route 66’s Centennial
KOAM News - 09/21/2022
Route 66 100th anniversary will be a tremendous opportunity to welcome and entertain guests
Sangamon Sun - 08/01/2022
Joliet makes plans for Route 66 centennial in 2026
Shaw Local - 07/31/2022
Route 66 Centennial Planning Begins in Oklahoma
Fox23 Tulsa - 05/10/2022
Upcoming Route 66 centennial to celebrate best of the Mother Road
Oklahoma.gov - 03/24/2022
Route 66 to be showcased during Illinois State Museum’s 2026 exhibit on highway’s 100th anniversary
Chicago Tribune - 12/31/2021
Albuquerque city council planning Route 66 centennial celebration
KRQE Albuquerque - 05/20/2021

 

Route 66 Centennial License Plate ... celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Mother Road: 1926-2026

 

 

Route 66 Centennial, Historical & Preservation Resources

Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission
Missouri Route 66 Centennial Commission
Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission
New Mexico Route 66 Centennial Commission
Official Route 66 Centennial Commission
 
National Historic Route 66 Federation
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway
Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership

 

Section of Old Route 66 9-foot wide "Ribbon Road" still visible near Miami, Oklahoma ... a great place to celebrate the Route 66 Centennial

 

State Route 66 Associations in the USA

Route 66 Association of Illinois
Route 66 Association of Missouri
Kansas Historic Route 66 Association
Oklahoma Route 66 Association
Old Route 66 Association of Texas
New Mexico Route 66 Association
Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona
California Historic Route 66 Association

 

Route 66 State Travel & Tourism Offices

Illinois: Route 66
Missouri: Route 66
Kansas: Route 66
Travel Oklahoma: Route 66
Travel Texas: Route 66
New Mexico: Route 66
Visit Arizona: Route 66
Visit California: Route 66

Standin on a Corner, on Route 66, in Winslow, Arizona

 

Our Relationship with Route 66

We love America, and travel to the many exciting places and destinations that the country offers. We also enjoy being out on the open roads of America, like cross-country trips on Route 66, The Mother Road.

The Route 66 Centennial Coffee mug ... time for another cup of coffee before our next Route 66 road trip!

We have driven Route 66 in all eight states which the historic road traversed, and have accumulated a significant archive of photos and travel experiences.

There have seen fun days in Catoosa, Cuba, Glenrio, Gallup, Oatman, Pontiac, Barstow, Tucumcari and Seligman. We remember those road trips to Holbrook, Winslow, Amboy, Joplin, Shamrock, Elk City, Galena and Springfield ... and so many more!

As we look forward to the Centennial in 2026, we are grabbing a cup of coffee and heading back out for another Historic Route 66 road trip in 2024!

Road Trip Travel Guides for States on Route 66

Planning a road trip on Route 66? Here are the travel guides and reviews by state ...

Route 66 Road Trips in Illinois Route 66 in Missouri Route 66 in Kansas Route 66 Road Trips Across Oklahoma
Route 66 in Texas Route 66 Across New Mexico Route 66 Across Arizona Route 66 Across California