Constitution Week

Commemorating Our Country’s Most Important Document During Constitution Week
Posted on 09/13/2019
The US flag and the Constitution

Constitution Week is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23 to honor the Constitution, with this year’s celebration marking the 64th anniversary of Constitution Week.

In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually 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 then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In 2004, Constitution Day became a national observance when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about the founding document.

The School District of Palm Beach County’s Department of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Palm Beach chapter of the DAR, have planned a week of activities and engaging lessons for students to celebrate Constitution Day.

 

Teachers will have access to standards-based resources and content materials to use with their students throughout the week. Volunteers from the DAR as well as the Sons of the American Revolution will play an important part as guests in schools throughout the County.

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 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. That building is now called Independence Hall. The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Library of Congress:

Constitution of the United States: Primary Documents in American History

Constitution: Teacher's Guide and Classroom Materials

U.S. Department of Education:

Commemorating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

National Archives:

Celebrating Constitution Day

Observing Constitution Day - Activities and Programs

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