July 30, 1999
Constitution Day Celebration at the National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC . . . On Friday, September 17, 1999, the National Archives will celebrate the 212th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States with its popular naturalization ceremony.
The National Archives is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Please note that the Exhibition Hall will be open to the public at noon and will remain open until 8 P.M., TODAY ONLY. Winter hours of 10 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. resume on September 18.
- The day begins with a naturalization ceremony for petitioners seeking American citizenship held in the National Archives Rotunda in front of the Constitution with a judge of the U.S. District Court presiding. The program will include remarks by Michael Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services in Washington. This moving ceremony is open to petitioners' families and guests, as well as to a LIMITED number of members of the public holding tickets. Tickets are free but MUST BE RESERVED by calling 202-501-5215.
- The first and signature pages of the Constitution, on permanent display in the
the National Archives Rotunda, with the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, will be flanked by a joint services military honor guard. The impressive changing of the guard will take place every 30 minutes beginning at noon. Rotunda.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.