Constitution Day 2019 with Free Admission
On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. This document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy today.
Every year, the National Constitution Center hosts the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country. We are the place to turn to help you commemorate that historic day while meeting your federal education requirements. Join us at the museum for outstanding and engaging programs or use our fantastic on-line resources in your classroom.
Museum admission is FREE on September 17!
Constitution Day Live Blog
7 A.M. – 6 P.M., Google Lab
Visitors can also join us virtually as our team of constitutional experts chat live with students and teachers across the country, answering all of their Constitution Day questions!
Constitution Day Games and Arts and Crafts
9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., Front Lawn and 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.
- At Historic Character Meet and Greets, visitors can interact with famous figures from history, including from the reconstruction period, like Abraham Lincoln.
- Outside, visitors can play graces, hoop and stick, nine pin, and other games popular from history.
- Calligraphers will be on hand doing demonstrations and creating great souvenir bookmarks for visitors.
- Visitors will also have the opportunity to step inside an actual voting booth to learn about the election process, and cast their vote for their favorite figure from Constitutional history! In partnership with the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office.
- There will also be great make-and-take craft projects for visitors to create!
Flag Raising Ceremony and Preamble Challenge
9 A.M., Front Lawn
To kick off the day, visitors can join the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution for a patriotic flag raising ceremony and a live performance of the Star-Spangled Banner. To conclude the ceremony, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will lead students in a rousing reading of the Preamble of the Constitution.
Judge Chats: The Courts in the Community
10 A.M. – 1 P.M., 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.
*This program is open to student groups, and advanced reservations are required. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.
2019 Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony
10:30 A.M., F.M. Kirby Auditorium
On Constitution Day, 50 immigrants from across the globe will take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States. 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.
Pass the Citizenship Test show
10:30 A.M. & 1 P.M., 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
11 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.
Bill of Rights show
11:30 A.M. & 2 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook
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.
The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration
12:15 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 special guests.
For more details about the Constitution Day festival, and for classroom resources, visit our Constitution Day Page!