We know that we have to pay taxes, but do we know the reasoning behind it? Where do our hard-earned dollars go? Join the National Constitution Center and “sense” of Tax Day with a variety of programs and family-friendly activities.
The Most Famous Tax Protest in History: The Story of the Boston Tea Party Interactive Show
10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Learn about the Boston Tea Party and why taxation was such a hot topic during the early years of our nation!
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A member of the museum’s education team will lead you on a guided tour of the museum’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, paying special attention to the history of taxation in America, including the Stamp Act, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the 16th Amendment.
Tax Machine Exhibit
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Visitors can see where their tax dollars go at the National Constitution Center’s Tax Machine exhibit. Learn about the graduated income tax by comparing how much a professional baseball player pays in taxes in relation to a school teacher; then, see how much of that money goes to defense, education, healthcare, and the environment.
Constitution Hall Pass: “Dollars and Sense: Tax Day” Video Lesson
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In this engaging episode of our Constitution Hall Pass video lesson series, explore what the Constitution says about how the American government manages its money. Learn why it was so important for our young nation to raise cash quickly, and how Alexander Hamilton came up with a plan to create a national bank—despite a debate about whether the Constitution gave the government the power to do so. We’ll pay a visit to the First Bank of the United States to see what its architecture reveals about how the bank was supposed to function. We’ll also find out when, how, and why the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and learn where those tax dollars go today.
Produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass is a free, fun, and fascinating video lesson and live chat series. Click here to watch!
Craft Activity Stations
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Children and their families can decorate dollar bills or piggy banks in honor of Tax Day.