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Constitution Day

Celebrate Constitution Day and honor the Founding Fathers - learn about their work, the history of our nation, and how we can all participate in upholding this great document!
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Introduction

Celebrate the ratification of the United States Constitution on Constitution Day, Sept. 17! This important day marks the signing of our nation’s founding document in 1787 and honors one of America’s most significant achievements. It's a great opportunity to learn more about our country's history and recognize how far it has come since those early days when it was just forming as a new nation.

History of Constitution Day

Constitution Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1787</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Constitution Signing</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1917</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Constitution Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Sons of the American Revolution forms a committee to promote "Constitution Day", marking the Constitution's 130th anniversary.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1939</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of "I am an American Day"</div><div class='timeline-text'>Congressman named Carl McGee proposes the day be renamed "I am an American Day" to celebrate citizenship as well as the Constitution.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1952</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"I am an American Day" Renamed</div><div class='timeline-text'>"I am an American Day" observance is renamed "Constitution Day" and moved to September 17th.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Federal Mandate Enacted</div><div class='timeline-text'>Congress establishes a federal mandate that all public schools and federal agencies provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on Constitution Day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Constitution Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read the Constitution</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take time to sit down and read through the Constitution of the United States. It is a great way to learn about our founding document and gain a better understanding of our nation's history.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit your local government building</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to City Hall, County Court House, or your State Capitol building.  It is a great reminder of the importance of the Constitution and the role it plays in our everyday lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a Constitution Day parade</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get your local community together and organize a parade celebrating the Constitution. Invite your neighbors, friends and family to join in on the celebration with floats, music and red, white and blue regalia.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Screen an educational film</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some popcorn and invite your friends over for an educational movie night. Choose a movie about the Constitution such as "1776" or "Amendment XXV: The Movie" for an entertaining way to learn about our nation's founding document.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Throw a festive celebration at home with tasty food, drinks, music, decorations and games that highlight the importance of the Constitution. Invite your friends and family over for a fun evening celebrating democracy.</p></div></div>

Why Constitution Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates our founding principles</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Constitution Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the foundations of American democracy. It's a reminder of the incredible work done by our Founding Fathers, and allows us to pay tribute to their efforts in crafting such a vibrant and enduring document.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It represents the evolution of our nation</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Throughout history, amendments have been made to our Constitution to acknowledge and protect civil liberties. Celebrating Constitution Day gives us the opportunity to recognize these changes, as well as to honor those who fought for them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps us understand our rights and responsibilities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Learning about what the Constitution has to say about rights like freedom of speech and assembly can help us better understand and appreciate our individual rights, as well as our obligations to uphold those rights for others. Taking time out of each year to reflect on these concepts is incredibly important!</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts for Constitution Day

Constitution Day FAQs

When is Constitution Day?

Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17 every year. In 2024 Constitution Day will occur on a Tuesday.

Constitution Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Sep 17

Sunday

2024

Sep 17

Tuesday

2025

Sep 17

Wednesday

2026

Sep 17

Thursday

2027

Sep 17

Friday

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