Constitution Day - National Constitution Center
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On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution.

Every year, the National Constitution Center hosts the best Constitution Day celebration in the country. We are the place to turn to help you commemorate this historic day while meeting your federal education requirements, at the Center and online!

Live Online Programming

This year students and teachers can join us from anywhere for FREE engaging, educational live programs and award-winning resources. Tune in all week long for engaging and interactive programs, featuring National Constitution Center scholars and other special guests!

Virtual Kids Town Hall: Justice Neil Gorsuch
12 p.m. EDT; Streamed live on Zoom and YouTube
Join the National Constitution Center’s in a special Student Town Hall with U.S. Supreme Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. Justice Gorsuch will speak about his career, the role of the judicial branch, and what it’s like to sit on the Supreme Court. National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will moderate the discussion. 

LIVE Preamble Reading
September 17, 8:45 a.m. EDT; Live on the front law and streamed live on Zoom
View a special flag raising ceremony on Independence Mall, and then join in as National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen leads a lively reading of the Constitution's preamble.

LIVE FROM OUR EXHIBITS
Question and Answer Sessions with our Education Team

September 17 at 9 a.m. EDT (from Signers’ Hall) and 3 p.m. EDT (from the main exhibit); Streamed on Zoom and YouTube
We bring our museum to you this Constitution Day with LIVE question and answer sessions from our exhibits. Students can log on to ask our educators all of their biggest Constitution Day questions, and we’ll answer them live on Zoom! And don’t forget to follow @constitutionctr on social media all week for special video highlights of exhibits like Signers’ Hall, Civil War and Reconstruction, and the NEW The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote!

Khan Academy’s Homeroom with Sal
3 p.m. EDT; Streamed live on the Khan Academy Facebook Page
National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen talks to Sal Khan, Founder & CEO of Khan Academy, about how the Founding Fathers came together on this day two hundred and thirty three years ago, and the importance of civics in our education.

Khan Academy is a nonprofit with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. For more information visit: keeplearning.khanacademy.org.

A Constitution Day Liberty Medal Ceremony
6:30 p.m. EDT; Streamed live on our website
The National Constitution Center will award its 32nd annual Liberty Medal to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for her efforts to advance liberty and equality for all. The National Constitution Center will honor Justice Ginsburg through a video tribute in words and music broadcast live on Thursday, September 17, 2020, Constitution Day, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

The program, produced by NBCUniversal, will feature performances by internationally renowned opera singers and tributes from special friends of Justice Ginsburg.

At the Center - Free Admission 

Visitors can enjoy the Center’s signature attractions, including Freedom Rising, an inspiring, 17-minute production that tells the story of the U.S. Constitution and the American quest for freedom and the iconic Signers’ Hall, where you can see 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers. Also on view are Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality, the first in America devoted to exploring the constitutional debates of the Civil War and Reconstruction; and our newest exhibit The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote, which traces the triumphs and struggles that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and will feature some of the many women who transformed constitutional history.

Free admission on Constitution Day is made possible thanks to support from

Educational Resources

Scholar Exchanges on Constitution 101: The Constitutional Convention
Week of September 14; Streamed live on Zoom and YouTube
Register for a Scholar Exchange this week to examine the issues and events that led to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, including the weakness of the Articles of Confederation, Shay’s Rebellion, and the growing need for a new national government. Students will also explore the Convention, and its major turning points and compromises—including the Connecticut Compromise, the Electoral College, the Three-Fifths Compromise, and the Slave Trade Clause.

View Our Full List of 2020-2021 Scholar Exchanges
Part lecture and part lively conversation, Scholar Exchange sessions are open to the public so that students, teachers, and parents can join in a constitutional discussion with National Constitution Center scholars.

Visit the Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition
Head to our Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition for videos, lessons, and more resources covering articles and amendments, as well as topics like federalism and the electoral college, perfect for teaching the Constitution on September 17 and all year round!

From Our Partners

Colonial Williamsburg's Constitution Day Celebration
Celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Join in-depth discussions, and the best of Colonial Williamsburg’s historical interpretation, bringing the history of America’s governing document to life.

Virtual Events Include:

  • The Great U.S. Constitutional Debate: Madison vs. Mason
    Friday September 18, at 7 p.m.
  • So Important an Interest: Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
    Saturday September 19, at 7 p.m.
  • For more information, or to register, visit https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/explore/special-event/constitution-day-celebration/