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Constitution Day Celebration

Friday, September 16, 2016

Every year, the National Constitution hosts the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country.Join us for at the museum outstanding and engaging programs that are great for all ages!

The National Constitution Center will observe Constitution Day on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Admission to the museum is FREE for our Constitution Day festival!  Spots fill quickly—to make a reservation call Group Sales at 215-409-6800.

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 of the United States 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 Games, Activities, and Crafts

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Front Lawn and Grand Hall Lobby and Overlook

Try your hand at graces, hoop and stick, nine pin, and other games popular during the Revolutionary era. Then 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. - 2 p.m.

Bank of America Family Theater and Freedom Classroom

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 required. Contact group sales to book your group.

American National Tree Induction Ceremony

10:00 a.m.

Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibition Hall

Every year the museum adds a new individual to the American National Tree. The Tree, a popular exhibit inside The Story of We the People, tells the stories of more than 100 Americans whose actions have helped shape the Constitution over time. Each summer, the National Constitution Center, in partnership with Scholastic Inc. and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, holds a student essay contest to determine the newest inductee.

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.

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 the museum’s mascots Donnie the Donkey and Ellie the Elephant, and even a historic president or two

Bill of Rights show

Throughout the day

Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibit Hall

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.

Separation of Powers show

Throughout the day

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

Throughout the day

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.

Shop for Materials

Pocket Constitution
Pocket Constitution
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Constitution Day Kit
Constitution Day Kit
Everything you need for a Constitution Day lesson and activities. Comes with lesson plan, DVD, pocket constitutions and more!