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.
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."
Bill of Rights Institute
The goal of the Bill of Rights Institute is to help the next generation understand the freedom & opportunity the Constitution offers.
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 Constitution Center will celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, September 17. Museum admission is FREE that day, but spots fill quickly. Call 215-409-6800 to make your reservation.
They are currently promoting a First Amendment lesson plan relating to Bruce Springsteen's music. Lesson plans and Interactive Student Games are available.
Download their interactive Constitution App, download the Constitution Day kit, and discover which founder you are in a fun, interactive game.
Constitution Hall Pass video lesson series.
Constitution Day - Celebrate the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
The Constitution Day website commemorates Constitution Day. The site provides biographies of the Founding Fathers, transcripts of the Constitution, and has an online gift shop where you can buy Constitution Day goodies.
Constitutional Rights Foundation
The Constitutional Rights Foundation offers free online lessons suitable for kindergarten, grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, and links to help educators design their own Constitution Day program.
Constitutionfacts.com 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. Download their Pocket Constitution app.
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.
The Department of Defense Education Activity
This website gives the history of Citizen Day and Constitution Day, a poster where students can sign their own name on the Constitution, as well as a list of federal resources and related links.
In 2019, The Indiana Supreme Court's Community Relations Committee is encouraging judges to find a classroom to visit and celebrate Constitution Day using a variety of resources.
K-12 offers Constitution Day lesson plans for grades K-12.
The Law Library of Congress
The Law Library of Congress provides readers with a list of Legislative and Executive Branch documents, journal articles and web resources that relate to the Continental Congress and Constitution Day.
Montpelier, a museum of American history, is celebrating Constitution Day with free open house tours, hands-on family-friendly activities, a buffet lunch and live music. Visit the Montpelier website for details. Optional: listen to their podcast, American Dissent.
National Education Association (NEA)
The NEA provides lesson plans, activities, quizzes, and videos for grades 6-8.
State Bar of Michigan
The State Bar of Michigan has designed a resource page to help bar associations, individual lawyers, and teachers lead exciting and educational classroom activities on Constitution Day.
Visit Scholastic for articles, games, activities and lesson plans for teachers.
In one of the videos on U.S. Courts' website, high school students interpret the promises and the impact of the preamble on their lives. As a discussion starter the video can stimulate reflection, writing, and civil discourse among teens and adults searching for common ground in the celebration of the Constitution. In another video, it's simply the words of the preamble to the Constitution, projected at a comfortable pace for easy reading at any group recitation.
Take the newspaper's "It's Constitution Day" quiz to see how much you know about the document.