Constitution Week

  • U.S. Constitution - We the People

    Constitution Week: September 17 - 23 • Constitution Day: September 17

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    Constitution Week is the commemoration of America's most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights. The United States of America will celebrate its 250th birthday in 2026!

    This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR* petitioned Congress to annually set aside September 17-23, to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.



    DAR-Daughters of the American Revolution logo*The Palm Beach County Chapter of the the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) has partnered with the School District of Palm Beach County in celebration of Constitution Week.

     America 250  

    The United States of America will celebrate its 250th birthday in 2026. In preparation for this celebration, the U.S. Congress has established a commission to plan for 2026. The nonprofit organization, USA250, is tasked to "organize, advocate, promote, and coordinate" celebration planning for the nation's 250th birthday.

    In anticipation of the celebration, District students enrolled in the following grades will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the historical significance of the U.S. Constitution: Grade 5 Social Studies, Grade 7 Civics, Grade 11 U.S. History, and Grade 12 U.S. Government. Students currently enrolled in Grade 5 will be the graduating class of 2026. The goal is to include all students in Grades K-12 by 2026. 

  • Fun Facts

    • The Constitution was written in the Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Army. It is now called Independence Hall.

    • Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17, but it wasn't until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.

    • The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries.

    • The Constitution was placed with the Department of State in 1789 and stayed in its custody until 1921, when it was transferred to the Library of Congress. It was exhibited there from 1924 until 1954, then it went to the National Archives. The original Constitution is now on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.