Celebrating Constitution Day
September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through our public programs, family activities, and online resources.
Events at the National Archives in Washington, DC
Events are free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Constitution Day activities in the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
On this day 228 years ago the founders of our nation signed the U.S. Constitution. Celebrate with us in the home of this important document by participating in exciting, hands-on activities.
Made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of John Hancock Financial.
Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater &
The Young Madisons: Why a New Generation Is Standing Up for the Constitution
Join us on Constitution Day for a program featuring Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI),Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), FOX political commentator Mary Katharine Ham, and Millennial Action Project President and Co-founder Steven Olikara. A rising generation of civic leaders, shaped by the digital revolution, is reaffirming its commitment to the rights-based principles of the U.S. Constitution. The ninth annual State of the Constitution Lecture at the National Archives, presented in partnership with the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier, focuses on the voices of young leaders in the spheres of policy, governance, and citizen engagement who are shaping America's future as a constitutional democracy.
Wednesday, September 30, at noon
William G. McGowan Theater
The Constitution: An Introduction
Practically every aspect of American life is shaped by the Constitution. This vital document, along with its history of political and judicial interpretation, governs our individual lives and the life of our nation. Yet most of us know surprisingly little about the Constitution itself. In his book The Constitution, professor Michael S. Paulsen, one of the nation's leading scholars of constitutional interpretation, has written a lively introduction to the supreme law of the United States, covering the Constitution's history and meaning in clear, accessible terms, and provides us with the tools to think critically and independently about constitutional issues. A book signing will follow the program.
Thursday, September 17, at noon
William G. McGowan Theater &
Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document
Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution’s most indispensible provisions and explains why some of today’s issues are the direct result of how the courts, Congress, and the executive branch have minimized or ignored them. A book signing will follow the program.
Teaching & Learning Resources
- DocsTeach Constitution Day Helps educators locate primary sources from the National Archives that document the creation and structure of our government.
- Teaching & Learning Resources Find the special Constitution iBook for iPad and other resources, available for download from iTunes U and in the iBookstore.
- Online resources for teaching about the Constitution
- Constitution Day Resources for Federal Employees
- "A New Era Begins for the Charters of Freedom" Prologue Magazine, Fall 2003
- "Exposed to Air After Fifty Years! Preserving an American Icon" Common-place, July 2002
- "Travels of the Charters of Freedom" Prologue Magazine, Winter 2002
- "Errors in the Constitution—Typographical and Congressional" Prologue Magazine, Fall 2012