Constitution Day

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. Constitution Day is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

The National Center for State Courts has gathered a list of Constitution Day activities taking place across the country.

    Constitution Day 2011 

American Bar Association (ABA)

On September 17, the nation marks Constitution Day by reflecting on the U.S. Constitution and the role that we as citizens of this constitutional democracy play in bringing to life the cherished principles enshrined by this great document. From the opening three words of its Preamble – We, the People – the Constitution makes clear that the true power of our nation emanates from and resides with the individuals who make it up.

This Constitution Day, as the nation welcomes new citizens participating in naturalization ceremonies throughout the country, let’s reflect on the meaning of good citizenship and ask ourselves what more we can do to promote civic education and participation in our communities.

The ABA Division for Public Education has a number of helpful resources to discuss free speech topics in a classroom setting. These include:

Teachers can sign up to receive a complimentary issue of Insights on Law & Society, the ABA Division for Public Education's magazine for teachers providing information and resources for teaching law in the classroom (valid school address required).

American Civil Liberties Union 

ACLU has an exercise where students write down the freedoms they appreciate the most. E.g., “My Name is ______.” I Am Happy that I can listen to music I like. More info on "Fill Me In."

Constitution Center  

Every year, the National Constitution hosts the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country. Join us for at the museum outstanding and engaging programs that are great for all ages! The National Constitution Center will observe Constitution Day on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Admission to the museum is FREE for our Constitution Day festival!  Spots fill quickly—to make a reservation call Group Sales at 215-409-6800.

Constitution Hall Pass video lesson series is pleased to provide a series of free educational resources and Internet links to help educators comply with the new federal regulation requiring the development of student programming to celebrate U.S. Constitution Day on September 17th of each year. 
Constitution Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC)  

CRFC strengthens American democracy by providing elementary and secondary students with hands-on learning about the Constitution to prepare them for informed civic engagement.


K-12 offers Constitution Day lesson plans for grades K-12.

National Education Association (NEA)  

The NEA provides lesson plans, activities, quizzes, and videos for grades 6-8.

Oklahoma Bar Association

The Oklahoma Bar Association provides a variety of programs/resources regarding Constitution Day, such as Lawyers in the Classroom, Spot's Citizenship Relay Game and crossword puzzles.


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