Pennsylvania is getting a new license plate that features the Liberty Bell

This rendering provided by the Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro shows the new Pennsylvania license plate design. Shapiro said the license plates, as well as new welcome signs also unveiled, are being introduced ahead of the country's 250th birthday celebration in 2026. (Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new state license plate design refers to Pennsylvania's critical role in establishing the United States' independence from England and features the phrase “Let Freedom Ring.”

The red, white, and blue plate design announced this week includes an image of Philadelphia's Liberty Bell. The design already appears on eight signs that welcome motorists where highways cross various state lines — with 29 more planned for the coming months.

“Let Freedom Ring” is a phrase in the early 19th century song “My Country, ’Tis of Thee.”

The Liberty Bell, inscribed with a Bible verse exhorting people to “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto all the Inhabitants thereof,” was in use in Philadelphia before the American Revolution. It became a rallying point for those fighting to abolish slavery in the United States and for supporters of giving women the right to vote and of civil rights.

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro, whose name is on the highway signs, said the license plates and welcome signs are being introduced ahead of the country's 250th birthday celebration in 2026.

The welcome signs are at borders with Maryland on U.S. Route 15 near Gettysburg and Interstate 70 in Fulton County; with New Jersey on Interstate 295 in Bucks County and Interstate 80 in Monroe County; with Ohio on Interstate 90 in Erie County; and with New York on Route 449 in Potter County, Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County and Route 1015 in Tioga County.

Those interested in the new plates can sign up to be notified when they will available early next year.