Civic Holidays

Civic Holidays

Upcoming Holiday:
Thanksgiving, November 19-25

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?


Civic holidays are occasions to honor America’s past and engage in the present.


People of all ages will enjoy our fun, family-friendly festivities.


Enrich your curriculum with our unparalleled civic holiday educational resources.

2018 Civic Holiday Calendar


Our calendar celebrates your favorite civic holidays and historical milestones by highlighting events, activities, lesson plans, and resources available at the museum or for use in your classroom.


November 19-25, 2017

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.

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2018

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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 21, 2019

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 to benefit Philadelphia schools and a local women’s shelter.

African American History Month

February 2018

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

Presidents Day

February 17 - 19, 2018

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

Women’s History Month

March 2018

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

Tax Day

April 15, 2019

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, 2019

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.

Law Day

May 1, 2018

On Law Day, May 1, Americans reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance for society-at the National Constitution Center we celebrate the highest law in the land: The U.S. Constitution.

Memorial Day

May 25-27, 2019

Originally known as Decoration Day, an occasion to honor soldiers who gave their lives during the American Civil War, the Memorial Day civic holiday now honors all members of the military who have given their lives in defense of the Constitution and its legacy of freedom.

Flag Day: Stripes and Stars Festival

June 14, 2019

From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions — the American flag and the U.S. Army.

Independence Day: All-American Celebration

July 2– July 4, 2019

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.

Constitution Day

September 17, 2019

In September of 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. Every year, the National Constitution Center commemorates that historic day by hosting the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country!

Veterans Day

November 11, 2019

On Veterans Day we recognize the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.”

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