Pennsylvania Unveils New License Plates and Welcome Signs Celebrating State’s Role in American Democracy

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HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Josh Shapiro has introduced new Pennsylvania license plates and “Welcome to Pennsylvania” highway signs. The “Let Freedom Ring” designs honor Pennsylvania as the birthplace of American democracy and underscore the state’s leading role in the upcoming 250th anniversary celebrations of the United States in 2026.

Celebrating Freedom and History

Pennsylvania is the birthplace of our democracy, and as Governor, I have been focused on advancing real freedom across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Shapiro. He emphasized that with the nation’s eyes on Pennsylvania for the 2026 celebrations, the new designs will highlight the state’s rich history and promote its tourism appeal as “the Great American Getaway.”

Economic Impact of Tourism

Tourism is a significant component of Pennsylvania’s economic strategy. A report from the Pennsylvania Tourism Office revealed that in 2022 alone, the state’s tourism industry generated $76.7 billion in economic impact. This sector supported nearly 487,000 jobs, contributed $4.7 billion in state and local taxes, and attracted 192.4 million visitors. With almost 72 million people living within a four-hour drive of Pennsylvania, the state offers a wealth of getaways and experiences for travelers.

New Signage Installation

The first eight welcome signs have already been installed at key entry points: U.S. 15 in Adams County, I-295 in Bucks County, I-90 at the Ohio line in Erie County, I-70 in Fulton County, I-80 in Monroe County, Route 449 in Potter County, I-81 in Susquehanna County, and Route 1015 in Tioga County. An additional 29 signs are scheduled for installation in the coming months. These signs invite both visitors and residents to celebrate Pennsylvania’s legacy and ongoing commitment to freedom.

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License Plates Rollout

The new license plates will be available to order by spring 2025. Information on fees and replacement instructions will be provided on PennDOT’s website closer to the release date. The transition to the new design will occur after existing standard issue license plate inventory is exhausted.

Revitalizing Pennsylvania: History, Pride, and Prosperity

These new initiatives aim not only to beautify Pennsylvania’s roads but also to strengthen its identity as a cornerstone of American history. By celebrating Pennsylvania’s contributions to democracy, these symbols foster state pride and enhance its attractiveness to tourists, further bolstering the economy.

Governor Shapiro’s unveiling of the new designs signifies a broader effort to position Pennsylvania as a focal point of national celebrations. The “Let Freedom Ring” theme resonates deeply with the state’s historic significance and promises to draw attention during the 250th anniversary of American independence.

With these steps, Pennsylvania is not just preparing for a major historical celebration but also investing in its future. The new license plates and welcome signs serve as a reminder of the state’s pivotal role in the birth of the nation while promoting its status as a prime tourist destination. As the 2026 celebrations approach, Pennsylvania is poised to showcase its heritage and hospitality to the world.

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