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Constitution Day: September 17: Home

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.

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Celebrating Constitution Day

 

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Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

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Video Resources

The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives

Go inside the vaults to see rarely displayed documents relating to the formation of the Constitution, including George Washington’s printed copy with his annotations, the final printed text, and Pennsylvania’s ratified copy.

 


"Amending America" Exhibit
Take a virtual tour of our "Amending America" exhibit, which highlights the remarkably American story of how we have amended, or attempted to amend, the Constitution in order to form a nation that more closely mirrors our ideals.

 

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Additional Resources

 

Constitution of the United States. Drafted in secret by delegates to the Constitutional Convention during the summer of 1787, this four-page document, signed on September 17, 1787, established the government of the United States.

Constitution Q&A. Questions & Answers Pertaining to the Constitution, excerpted from The Story of the Constitution by Sol Bloom

Constitution of the United States: A History. Based on the Introduction to A More Perfect Union: The Creation of the U.S. Constitution by Roger A. Bruns

Download high-resolution images of the Constitution. Articles 1-7 of the U.S. Constitution as well as the subsequent amendments.

Teaching With Documents: U.S. Constitution Workshop. A self-service online version of our popular on-site U. S. Constitution Workshop

Excerpt, Public Law 108-447   Section 111 of Title I, Division J, of the Fiscal Year 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act, enacted into law on December 8, 2004, instructs each Federal agency to provide educational materials concerning the United States Constitution to each employee on September 17 of each year.

National Constitution Center – Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline.  An online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history.

National Constitution Center: Interactive U.S. Constitution.  Search the text of the Constitution by keyword, explore the Constitution by topic, or search the text of the Constitution by Supreme Court decisions.

Creative Ideas for Local Observances. Examples of activities, meetings, and programs for the observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

The Constitution

For more information visit The United States Constitution.

You can also read a transcript of the Constitution! 

Life. Liberty. Freedom. Prosperity.

George Washington is about to receive the draft of the Constitution from James Madison in this mural by Barry Faulkner in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC

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Constitution Day Book Display