National Archives News

Celebrating Constitution Day

"We the People" Constitution clipping

George Washington is about to receive the draft of the Constitution from James Madison in this mural by Barry Faulkner in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC

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

 

Each year, new United States naturalized citizens take the oath of allegiance in the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, DC, just steps away from the Charters of Freedom. Read about the 2017 ceremony.

Accordion 

DocsTeach  Access primary sources and online teaching activities related to the U.S. Constitution and how it forms the basis for our Government's actions on DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.

K–12 Distance Learning Programs for students

Professional Development for educators via webinar

Exploring the United States Constitution - Find the special Constitution eBook and other resources, available for download with iBooks and on iTunesU, or as a PDF.

Congress Creates the Bill of Rights eBook, mobile app, and online resources

Putting the Bill of Rights to the Test primary source-based eWorkbook

Online resources for teaching about the Constitution

Constitution Day Resources for Federal Employees

Civic Renewal Network

The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives
Go inside the vaults to see rarely displayed documents relating to the formation of the Constitution, including George Washington’s printed copy with his annotations, the final printed text, and Pennsylvania’s ratified copy.


"Amending America" Exhibit
Take a virtual tour of our "Amending America" exhibit, which highlights the remarkably American story of how we have amended, or attempted to amend, the Constitution in order to form a nation that more closely mirrors our ideals.


 "Amending America" How Do We Amend?
This animated short, made for the “Amending America” exhibit, describes how an amendment can be proposed and ratified. It also illustrates how our Founders included Article V to make it possible to amend our Constitution.


U.S. Constitution — The "Fifth Page" (Transmittal Page)
The so-called "Fifth Page" of the U.S. Constitution is rarely displayed. Learn about this lesser known page of the Constitution and how National Archives conservators care for it and our other precious documents.


The U.S. Constitution Comes to the National Archives
The United States Constitution is in the Rotunda of the National Archives today, but it took many years for the documents to arrive. Find out where it was stored and how it finally came to to rest in its present home.

Prologue Articles

"Amending America" Prologue Magazine, Winter 2015

"Errors in the Constitution—Typographical and Congressional" Prologue Magazine, Fall 2012

"A New Era Begins for the Charters of Freedom" Prologue Magazine, Fall 2003

"Travels of the Charters of Freedom" Prologue Magazine, Winter 2002


Blogs

Archivist of the United States blog: Naturalization Ceremony

Pieces of History posts about the Constitution and Constitution Day

Pieces of History: A Constitution Day Reminder

The Text Message: Elbridge Gerry and the Constitution, 1787–1788

Constitution of the United States. Drafted in secret by delegates to the Constitutional Convention during the summer of 1787, this four-page document, signed on September 17, 1787, established the government of the United States.

Constitution Q&A. Questions & Answers Pertaining to the Constitution, excerpted from The Story of the Constitution by Sol Bloom

Constitution of the United States: A History. Based on the Introduction to A More Perfect Union: The Creation of the U.S. Constitution by Roger A. Bruns

Download high-resolution images of the Constitution. Articles 1-7 of the U.S. Constitution as well as the subsequent amendments.

Teaching With Documents: U.S. Constitution Workshop. A self-service online version of our popular on-site U. S. Constitution Workshop

Excerpt, Public Law 108-447  Section 111 of Title I, Division J, of the Fiscal Year 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act, enacted into law on December 8, 2004, instructs each Federal agency to provide educational materials concerning the United States Constitution to each employee on September 17 of each year.

National Constitution Center – Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline. An online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history.

National Constitution Center: Interactive U.S. Constitution. Search the text of the Constitution by keyword, explore the Constitution by topic, or search the text of the Constitution by Supreme Court decisions.

Creative Ideas for Local Observances. Examples of activities, meetings, and programs for the observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Jefferson and Declaration Founders Online allows you to read the Founders' own words about creating the Constitution.
Amending America Ebook cover designDownload the ebook and Learn about the "Amending America" exhibit.
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