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Constitution Day Events at the Museum

Constitution Day Live Blog

7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Google Lab

Visitors can watch as our team of constitutional experts chat live with students and teachers across the country, answering all of their Constitution Day questions!

Preamble Challenge

8:30 a.m.

Front Lawn

To kick off the day, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeff Rosen will lead students in a rousing reading of the Preamble of the Constitution on the museum’s front lawn.

Flag Raising Ceremony

9 a.m.

Front Lawn

Join the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution for a patriotic flag raising ceremony, featuring a live performance of the Star-Spangled Banner!

Constitution Day Press Conference and Awards Presentation

10 a.m.

Bogle Chairman’s Room

The National Constitution Center will announce new resources and initiative, as well as the winners of our Civic Literacy Contest.

Constitution Day Games and Outdoor Activities

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Front Lawn and Grand Hall Lobby and Overlook

Visitors can try their hand at graces, hoop and stick, nine pin, and other games popular during the Revolutionary era. At Historic Character Meet and Greets, visitors can interact with famous figures from history, then, visitors can participate in Historic Demonstrations, where they can learn trades for yesteryear, like Candle making and Calligraphy, and more! Afterwards, visitors themselves can don colonial outfits at our Dress Up station, and pose for one-of-a-kind photos!

Constitution Day Arts and Crafts

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Grand Hall Lobby and Overlook

Guests can check out our giant version of the U.S. Constitution and sign your names alongside Washington, Franklin, and Madison. Plus, take part in arts and crafts projects, and join in calligraphy demonstrations!

Judge Chats: The Courts in the Community

10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m.

Bank of America Family Theater and Private Dining Room

Students and teachers can attend one of these great sessions with real judges, where they will have the opportunity to speak with experts on the interpretation of law and about how the Constitution can affect everyday life.

*Advanced reservations are required for this program. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.

Naturalization Ceremony

10:30-11:30 a.m.

F.M. Kirby Auditorium

50 immigrants from across the globe will take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States. The ceremony will be presided over by a United States Federal Judge. All of the new citizens will be given lifetime memberships to the National Constitution Center. The keynote address will be delivered by NBC 10’s Vai Sikahema.

*Seating for this event is limited. Priority will be given to immigrants and their families.

The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration

12 p.m.

Grand Hall Overlook

During the lunch hour, the museum offers cake (shaped and designed to look like the Constitution) and invites visitors to sing along to Happy Birthday and other favorite tunes to celebrate the anniversary of the Constitution’s signing. This celebration is complete with confetti and appearances by Father of the Constitution James Madison.

Interactive Constitution Workshop

12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

F.M. Kirby Auditorium

Join the Center’s constitutional experts as we showcase our Interactive Constitution, the online resource hailed by USA Today as an “internet sensation”. It is the best, non-partisan, interactive Constitution on the web, and features explanatory materials for students in grades 8-12, written by the top constitutional scholars in the country from across the political spectrum—a must-have tool for every classroom! This special workshop will help students and teachers learn to use this great resource, and also highlight our newly added provisions!

Constitution Day Concert

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Front Lawn

Enjoy a picnic lunch on Independence Mall as you listen (or even sing along) to some of American’s favorite patriotic tunes! Featuring the Blue Skies Band.

Kids Town Hall with Kenneth Davis

1:00 p.m.

F.M. Kirby Auditorium

Historian Kenneth Davis, author of the popular Don’t Know Much About series, and regular guest on WXPN’s Kids Corner, will be at the museum this Constitution Day to discuss his new book, In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives. Visit for more information!

*Advanced reservations are suggested for this program. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.

Mark Thompson: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?

2:00 p.m.

F.M. Kirby Auditorium

New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson provides a wide-ranging, provocative examination of free speech and political rhetoric – from FDR and Churchill to that of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. A book sale and signing of Enough Said with Thompson will follow the program.

*Advanced reservations are suggested for this program. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.

Bill of Rights show

10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m.

Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibit Hall; Domestic Tranquility

Who wants to be a “Bill”-ionaire? In the museum’s fast-paced game show, visitors face off in a fun competition testing their Bill of Rights knowledge while an engaging host reveals the real deal about our amendments and freedoms.

Flag Etiquette Workshop and Giant Flag Folding Challenge

10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m.

Front Lawn

Our knowledgeable education staff will lead workshops showcasing the fascinating history of our American flag, and give visitors tips on how to follow proper flag etiquette. The, visitors will use their new skills to help fold our 20’X30’ flag!

Separation of Powers show

10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Grand Hall Overlook

This high-energy show explores how our Constitution limits government by separating powers—a truly revolutionary idea! Take part in an educational tug-of-war game between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches while learning about checks and balances.

Pass the Citizenship Test show

10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.

Grand Hall Overlook

Do you know what it takes to become an American citizen? During this engaging program, you&srquo;ll learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and gain insight into our country and our freedoms.

Constitution 101: Article II and the Presidency

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Grand Hall Overlook Stage

At Constitution 101 – Article II and The Presidency, visitors explore Article II and the duties and requirements of the executive office and take part in “Who am I?’ questions as well as presidential role-play scenarios.

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