Freedom Day at the National Constitution Center

Freedom Day at the National Constitution Center

April 13, 2017

Do-Now Discussion

My big idea to celebrate FREEDOM is...

Freedom Day is celebrated at the National Constitution Center with activities for visitors of all ages throughout the day, and an invitation-only evening symposium featuring America’s thought leaders from the left and the right, discussing areas where both sides agree and disagree that enforcing the Constitution is crucial to the future of freedom.

There are also ways to participate in Freedom Day if you cannot join us in Philadelphia. Teachers can engage their students with our curated selection of lesson plans and activities for celebrating our unique American freedoms. And for college level students, you can host a debate, watch party, or civic chat on your college or university campus using our discussion and debate guides.

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Freedom Day Family Festival

Separation of Powers Show
10 AM & 2 PM, Grand Hall Lobby
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.

Separation of Powers Signers Hall Tour
10:30 AM & 1:30 PM, Signers Hall
Our Educators will guide visitors around the iconic Signers Hall, telling tales of our Founders, and describing the events of the Summer of 1787, and the discussions that lead to our current form of government.    

Meet the Founders: Three Branches of Government
11:30-12:30, Grand Hall Lobby
Meet some famous Founding Fathers who each served in a different branch of government, and ask them about the Separation of Powers in the early years of our nation. 

Flag Etiquette Workshop and Giant Flag Folding Challenge
12:30 PM, Front Lawn
Our knowledgeable education staff will lead workshops showcasing the fascinating history of our American flag, and give visitors tips on how to follow proper flag etiquette. The, visitors will use their new skills to help fold our 20’X30’ flag!

Freedom Day Talkback Wall   
All Day, Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors can respond to the question “What’s your idea to celebrate freedom?” by adding their comments to our giant talkback wall.

Preamble Scramble, Amendment Match-Up, and Craft Activities
All Day, Grand Hall Lobby
At activity tables, kids can make arts and craft projects, and solve puzzles. They will race against their friends as they place the segments of the Constitution’s preamble in the correct order, or match up the right freedoms with the correct amendments.

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