Constitution Day

Constitution Day

September 17, 2015

AT THE MUSEUM

FREE Admission
Join the National Constitution Center for the nation’s best Constitution Day celebration! We are the place to turn to fulfill your education requirements—at the museum and in the classroom!  Head to the National Constitution Center on Constitution Day, September 17, for FREE admission plus an array of engaging educational programs, ceremonies, hands-on crafts, and special guests.
•    Join in the launch of the NEW Interactive Constitution
•    Join in a reading of the Constitution’s Preamble
•    Honor the individual who will be added to the museum’s American National Tree exhibit
•    Engage in interactive and educational programs like the Pass the Citizenship Test quiz game
•    Sign our giant Constitution
•    Celebrate with cake and confetti

Plus, tune in to view our special Constitution Day episodes of the fun and fascinating video lesson series Constitution Hall Pass.  Students and teachers can even chat live with our staff, weekday, September 10 through 23, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.  And visit our website for educational videos, Constitution Day kits, interactive games, lesson plans and more! constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday

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!

Eighteenth Century Games
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Front Lawn
Try your hand at graces, hoop and stick, nine pin, and other games popular during the Revolutionary era.

Constitution Day Partner Fair
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
The National Constitution Center is joined in our Constitution Day Celebration by our outstanding partner organizations, many of whom will be at the museum on September 17!  To learn more about our education partners, click here.

I Signed the Constitution
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors can check out our giant version of the U.S. Constitution and sign their names alongside Washington, Franklin, and Madison.

Craft Activities
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook
Visitors can take part in arts and crafts projects, join in a calligraphy demonstration, and learn the copperplate script used to pen the Constitution.

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. This summer, the National Constitution Center, in partnership with Scholastic Inc. and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers will hold a student essay contest to determine the 2015 inductee.

Naturalization Ceremony
10:30-11:30 a.m.
F.M. Kirby Auditorium
Every year 50 immigrants from across the globe take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States. The ceremony will be presided over by United States Federal Judge John R. Padova.

The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
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.

Judge Chats: A Closer Look at the Courts
Throughout the Day
Bank of America Family Theater
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.

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’ll learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and gain insight into our country and our 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.

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.

For more details about the Center’s Constitution Week festivities, visit constititutioncenter.org/constitution-day.

IN THE CLASSROOM

Constitution Hall Pass: The Bill of Rights, with Live Blog!
Available online beginning September 10
Chat live with National Constitution Center Staff September 10 – September 23, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m EDT
constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday

This Constitution Week, the Center will premiere its next installment of Constitution Hall Pass, the Center’s free, web-based video series with live web-chat for schools and classrooms across the country. This engaging and interactive lesson is hosted by the Center’s education staff and scholars and is broadcast nationally via Channel One. Give your students a “hall pass” to travel through American history—without leaving the classroom! Constitution Hall Pass video lessons and live chats are a hit with millions of students and teachers nationwide. Our brand-new episode, “Constitution Day 2014: The Bill of Rights,” provides a behind-the-scenes look at how these ten amendments were created and interpreted.

  • DISCOVER the roots of the Bill of Rights in the Revolutionary War and the state constitutions
  • VISIT the Constitutional Convention to listen in on the debates about a bill of rights
  • HEAR the voices of the ratifying conventions as they influenced James Madison’s work in writing the Bill of Rights
  • LEARN what the Bill of Rights actually says—and how long it’s taken to make those rights a reality
  • EXPLORE the process of judicial review and the ways citizens use the courts to bring the Bill of Rights to life

Enjoy more Constitution Day episodes:

Lesson Plans

Activities

Games

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