On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution. Every year, the National Constitution Center hosts the best Constitution Day celebration in the country. And we give away free hand-held American flags and printed booklets loaded with information about the US Constitution. Join the Celebrations!Campus Events
View a Naturalization Ceremony
On September 17 we also celebrate Citizenship Day, a holiday meant to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. In recognition of this special observance the National Constitution Center hosts a Naturalization Ceremony. During the Ceremony, fifty immigrants from across the globe will take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States.
The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration, Preamble Reading and Kids Town Hall: Favorite Historic Figures
Join the National Constitution Center to wish the Constitution a happy 234th birthday LIVE on Independence Mall! Join famous faces from history for a special reading of the Preamble to the Constitution. Following the reading, is the Kids Town Hall with Favorite Historic Figures. This program offers the opportunity to see portrayals of famous figures from throughout constitutional history and hear about the ways they shaped the Constitution. Although the Constitution was written in 1787 by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, it has also been impacted by many people and events over the last 234 years. These events include the eras of Reconstruction, the Civil War, amendments, court decisions, legislation, and more. These impacts have made the US democracy more inclusive
State of the Union: Civics
Join leaders from government, education, and cultural institutions to discuss the state of civics education in the United States. Participants will explore the essential skills needed for a robust republic and the tools necessary to promote active and healthy civil discourse in our country today. Panelists will share what their organizations are doing at every level to build guardrails of democracy and support students nationwide.
Constitution All Stars
Join a special part lecture and part lively conversation for an opportunity to learn about constitutional issues, while interacting with a constitutional expert. Discussion may include a wide range of topics, including the Constitutional Convention, First Amendment freedoms, civil rights, women’s suffrage, the Supreme Court and it’s most important cases—past and present—and more! This event will share knowledge and answer all of your Constitution Day questions.
Judges on Judging
Three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will discuss how they approached some of the most significant appellate cases, including Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. (2021), Fulton v. City of Philadelphia (2021), and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Boockvar. The judges will also explain how the federal courts of appeal work, their role in the overall federal courts system.