Celebrating Constitution Day
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.
We Rule: Civics for All of US is a new national civic education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement. Our interactive distance learning programs taught by National Archives educators located nationwide draw upon our vast holdings to promote the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students need for civic engagement in the 21st century.
The Constitution Rules! for Grades Kâ€“2 (Register for the 30-minute program)
Students will explore the idea of different responsibilities in their community and analyze images that highlight the jobs of the three branches of government as outlined in the Constitution.
- September 15, 16, and 17 at 10 a.m. ET
- September 22, 23, and 24 at 2 p.m. ET
The Constitution and Our Community for Grades 3â€“5 (Register for the 45-minute program)
Students will explore the idea of community, hone their primary source analysis skills by examining government records, and connect the Constitution to their own lives.
- September 15, 16, and 17 at 2 p.m. ET
- September 22, 23, and 24 at 10 a.m. ET
Sign the Constitution!
Add your name and become a signer of one of America's Founding Documents! Virtually "sign" the Constitution on our website.
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.
Kâ€“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
Pieces from the publication Social Education (written by NARA staff as a part of our partnership with the National Council for the Social Studies)
- General Constitution: â€śTeaching the Constitutionâ€¦Virtuallyâ€ť (September 2019)
- First Amendment: â€śUpholding Student Rights in the 20th Century: An Examination of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Districtâ€ť (March/April 2018)
- Fifth Amendment: â€śPleading the Fifth: Lillian Hellman and the HUAC Investigation of Hollywoodâ€ť (November/December 2016)
- Eighth Amendment: â€śLocked Up: Exploring Prisoner Rights and the Eighth Amendmentâ€ť (March/April 2016)
- 19th Amendment: â€śForging a Path to the 19th Amendment: Understanding Womenâ€™s Suffrageâ€ť (October 2019)
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 Washingtonâ€™s printed copy with his annotations, the final printed text, and Pennsylvaniaâ€™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 â€śAmending Americaâ€ť 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 â€” 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.
Past public programs on YouTube
The Nature of Constitutional Rights (9/17/19)
The New American Constitution (9/14/17)
The Future of Policy Making (9/15/16)
"Amending America" Prologue Magazine, Winter 2015
"Errors in the Constitutionâ€”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
Archivist of the United States blog: Naturalization Ceremony
Pieces of History posts about the Constitution and Constitution Day
Pieces of History: Constitution Day 1985 and Ross Perotâ€™s Magna Carta
Pieces of History: A Constitution Day Reminder
The Text Message: Elbridge Gerry and the Constitution, 1787â€“1788
National Archives News: National Archives Welcomes New Citizens (2017)
National Archives News: New Citizens Sworn In on Constitution Day (2018)
National Archives News: National Archives Welcomes New Citizens (2019)
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 1â€“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 Centerâ€”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.
Naturalization Ceremonies in the Rotunda
For more than 30 years, new United States naturalized citizens have taken the oath of allegiance in the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, DC, just steps away from the United States Constitution. Read about the ceremonies held in 2017, 2018, and 2019.