Constitution Day Election Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving

Constitution Day

September 17, 2015

Election Day

November 4, 2015

Veterans Day

November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015

Welcome to the best place to honor America’s civic holidays, with engaging, educational programs and activities at the museum and in the classroom. To celebrate civic holidays with your school, tour group, or organization, contact Group Sales for information on how to participate.

Civic holidays are occasions to commemorate America’s history, celebrate our rights and responsibilities as citizens, and learn about our constitutional ideals.

What is a civic Holiday?

Commemoration

Civic holidays are occasions to honor America’s past, engage in the present, and embrace your role in the future.

Celebration

People of all ages will enjoy our fun, family-friendly festivities, which reaffirm what it means to be an active citizen.

Education

Enrich your curriculum with our unparalleled civic holiday educational resources—such as the popular

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Civic Calendar

Civic holidays are occasions to commemorate America's history and celebrate our rights and responsibilities as citizens. The National Constitution Center provides the nation's best resources for celebrating civic holidays both at the museum and in your classroom.
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Constitution Day

September 17, 2015

This Constitution Day, the museum will honor of the 150th ratification of the 13th Amendment, and the beginning of the reconstruction era—a turning point in Constitutional History. On September 17, the National Constitution Center will host activities and discussions—both at the museum, and on our website—that celebrate not only the founding of our nation, but the Constitution’s continuing story of expanding freedom, creating the story of “We the People.”

Election Day

November 4, 2015

Voting is one of our most important rights and responsibilities as Americans. Learn about America’s democracy and see it in action on Election Day and throughout the presidential election.

Veterans Day

November 11, 2015

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center will honor the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.”

Thanksgiving

November 27, 2015

Did you know that Thanksgiving was first proclaimed by President George Washington, and later by President Abraham Lincoln? Visit the Center or check out our online programming as we explore the history of Thanksgiving with a cornucopia of fun fall activities.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 19, 2016

Honor the legacy of one of America’s most celebrated citizens on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The Center will host service activities including a quilting project to benefit a local women’s shelter.

African American History Month

February 2016

Throughout African American History Month, the Center pays homage to the accomplishments of African Americans throughout the nation’s history.

Presidents Day

February 13 – February 16, 2016

This Presidents Day, get to know America’s commanders in chief and the important role of the executive branch.

Women’s History Month

March 2016

Throughout Women’s History Month, the Center is recognizing extraordinary American women throughout the nation’s history.

Tax Day

April 15, 2016

Join the Center for Tax Day to make sense of the nation’s dollars and cents, and explore the history and significance of taxation.

Earth Day

April 22, 2016

It’s the duty of every citizen to help preserve the environment. As part of the Center’s Earth Day celebration, you’ll learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson.

Memorial Day

May 23 – 25, 2016

Honor those who gave their lives in service to the U.S. Constitution. Throughout Memorial Day weekend, the Center will offer special programs at the museum and online.

Stripes and Stars Festival

June 14, 2016

In honor of Flag Day, explore the heritage of the American flag, discover the proper way to handle it, and learn about some of the most famous flags in history.

The All-American Celebration

July 2 – 5, 2016

There’s no better place to celebrate freedom than Historic Philadelphia, the birthplace of America’s democracy. Visit the Center on Independence Day for a re-created Revolutionary War encampment, crafts, and patriotic festivities, and explore our online educational resources for all ages.

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2016

After the Constitution was ratified, the Bill of Rights was added to ensure many of the liberties Americans enjoy today. Join us to celebrate Bill of Rights Day and the freedom of speech, religion, and other important rights provided by the first 10 amendments.