at the Museum

Flag Raising Ceremony and Preamble Challenge
8:30 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. The opening ceremony will also include an announcement of new National Constitution Center educational resources and initiatives. 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., 10:30 A.M., 11 A.M., 11:30 A.M., 12 P.M., 12:30 P.M., Bank of America Family Theater
*This program is open to student groups, and advanced reservations are required. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.
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.

2018 Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony
10:30-11:30 A.M., F.M. Kirby Auditorium
*Seating for this event is limited. Priority will be given to immigrants and their families.
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. 

The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration
12:30 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 Father of the Constitution James Madison.

 

Additional Student Programs

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!

Constitution Day Games and Activities
9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., Front Lawn and Grand Hall Lobby and Overlook

Bill of Rights Show
10:15 A.M., 11:45 A.M., 1:15 P.M., 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
10 A.M., 11:30 A.M., 1:30 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook Stage
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
10:30 A.M., 2 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook Stage
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.

Looking for resources for the classroom?  Head to our Constitution Day Resources page for more information about our Interactive Constitution, Constitution Hall Pass Video Lessons, and more!

Shop for Materials

Pocket Constitution
Pocket Constitution
The Pocket United States Constitutions are 9-by-22 inches and fold into an approximately 3-by-3 inch square. Receive one FREE Classroom-Ready Resource when purchasing 150 or more Pocket Constitutions.
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!