Constitution Day Celebration

Constitution Day Celebration
Monday, September 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Event Admission: FREE, courtesy of PricewaterhouseCoopers

The National Constitution Center will host an array of activities in celebration of the Constitution’s 225th anniversary.  Free admission for the general public on Constitution Day has been generously underwritten by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

225: The Preamble Challenge, 8:45 a.m.
225 students will recite the Preamble to honor the 225th anniversary of the Constitution’s signing.

I Signed the Constitution, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Visitors to the Center can take an up close look at a giant version of the U.S. Constitution and sign their names alongside Washington, Franklin, and Madison.

iCivics Demonstrations, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The brainchild of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics is a web-based civic education project that inspires young people to be active participants in our democracy.  Justice O’Connor will be at the Center to engage students in this exciting program. 

Daughters of the American Revolution, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be at the Center celebrating Constitution Day and hosting activities, including the “I Will Read the Constitution” proclamation.  DAR is a women’s service organization dedicated to preserving American history, securing America’s future through education and promoting patriotism.

Preamble Printing and Calligraphy Demonstrations, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Guests can visit the Center’s old-fashioned print shop, complete with a replica printing press from the 1700s, to print a copy of the Preamble in the same way Claypool and Dunlap did when they printed the Constitution.  Visitors also can join in calligraphy demonstrations and learn about the Copperplate technique used to pen the official, handwritten Constitution.

Silhouette Portraits, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Visitors can have their portrait done “Founders-style” with authentic silhouette cuttings.

Bill of Rights Show, hourly, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?”  Learn about the Bill of Rights and its creation during this fast-paced game show where students answer questions about their basic rights and we poll the audience to see who knows if justice is being served.

Separation of Powers Show, hourly, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This fun, high-energy show teaches visitors about the three branches of government and examines how our Constitution limits government by separating power – a truly revolutionary idea!  Participants can join in an educational tug-of-war game among the branches of government while they learn about checks and balances.

American National Tree Induction Ceremony, 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a special ceremony honoring the newest individual to be inducted into the American National Tree – an interactive display featured in the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People.  The American National Tree celebrates 100 Americans whose actions have helped write the story of the Constitution.  The National Constitution Center, in partnership with Scholastic Inc. and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, will feature the high school winner of the 2012 M.R. Robinson National Constitution Center American National Tree Award.  The winning student will be on hand to read their essay, which will be featured as part of the exhibit. 

Naturalization Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.
Immigrants from across the globe will take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States. 

The Constitution’s 225 Anniversary Celebration, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a slice of cake and sing Happy Birthday and The Star-Spangled Banner to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Constitution’s signing.  Join American Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt; National Constitution Center President David Eisner; and our sponsors at this festive tribute to America’s founding document.

Constitution Café, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Christopher Phillips, author of Constitution Café and the bestseller Socrates Café, will lead a round table discussion with local high school students, exploring what they would include if they were re-writing the Constitution in the 21st century. 



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