About Constitution Day


September 17 of every year is Constitution Day, a day to recognize the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. In 2004, Congress passed a law mandating any school receiving federal funds of any kind provide educational programming on the significance of this event.

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day....Educational authorities...are urged to make plans for the proper observance of Constitution Day...and for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities....

—36 U.S. Code § 106, 2004

Our next observance of Constitution Day will be Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 (it is observed on Friday because the holiday falls on Saturday). We encourage all educators to make teaching the Constitution in your classroom a year-long activity and to use this webpage to help bring the Constitution alive in your classroom.


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