Celebrating Constitution Day
September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through our public programs, family activities, and online resources.
Events at the National Archives in Washington, DC
Events are free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 15, at 7 p.m.
Constitution Day: The 10th Annual State of the Constitution—The Future of Policy Making
William G. McGowan Theater and YouTube
Celebrate Constitution Day with the 10th annual State of the Constitution program, which will focus on the future of policy making under our current constitutional system, against the backdrop of national elections. Presented in partnership with the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. Speakers will include Senator Rand Paul and others.
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Constitution Day Family Activities
Boeing Learning Center
Signed 229 years ago today, the U.S. Constitution created the government we have today. Celebrate in the home of this important document by participating in exciting, hands-on activities taking place in the Boeing Learning Center. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of John Hancock Financial.
Teaching & Learning Resources
- DocsTeach Constitution Day Helps educators locate primary sources from the National Archives that document the creation and structure of our government.
- Teaching & Learning Resources Find the special Constitution iBook for iPad and other resources, available for download from iTunes U and in the iBookstore.
- Online resources for teaching about the Constitution
- Constitution Day Resources for Federal Employees
- "A New Era Begins for the Charters of Freedom" Prologue Magazine, Fall 2003
- "Exposed to Air After Fifty Years! Preserving an American Icon" Common-place, July 2002
- "Travels of the Charters of Freedom" Prologue Magazine, Winter 2002
- "Errors in the Constitution—Typographical and Congressional" Prologue Magazine, Fall 2012