Constitution Day 2015 (September 17 2015)

2015 Constitution Day Presidential Proclamation

"With time, courage, and the participation of our citizenry, we can pay tribute to those who shaped the land we love today while working to secure everlasting peace, prosperity, and opportunity for all who call America home."

- President Barack Obama

Special Constitution Day Offer for teachers!

Sign up here to receive a complimentary issue of Insights on Law & Society, the ABA Division for Public Education's magazine for teachers providing information and resources for teaching law in the classroom (valid school address required). This year, we are offering our latest issue - Constitution-Making Around the World.

Constitution Day Virtual Tour

Join us during a virtual tour of the National Constitution Center, a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. Click here to learn more.

Message from the ABA President

American Bar Association President Paulette Brown discusses the 2015 Constitution Day theme: Citizenship and the Constitution

2015 Theme: Citizenship and the Constitution

On September 17, the nation marks Constitution Day by reflecting on the U.S. Constitution and the role that we as citizens of this constitutional democracy play in bringing to life the cherished principles enshrined by this great document. From the opening three words of its Preamble – We, the People – the Constitution makes clear that the true power of our nation emanates from and resides with the individuals who make it up.

Constitutional principles and protection provide the framework for our freedoms as well as an avenue from redress when those rights are wrongfully taken from us. Good citizenship includes ensuring the rights of our fellow Americans are being respected. It also means staying informed and participating in our nation’s civic life. If we are truly to have, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Government of the peoples, by the people, for the people,” each of us must play our part.

This Constitution Day, as the nation welcomes new citizens participating in naturalization ceremonies throughout the country, let’s reflect on the meaning of good citizenship and ask ourselves what more we can do to promote civic education and participation in our communities.

Preambles from Around the World

This handout contains a selection of constitution preambles from different countries. Exploring constitutions from around the world is a great way to teach about constitutions and their role in governance and societies.

Lesson Plan:
What's in a Constitutional Preamble?

For additional handouts and instructions, visit this Insights on Law & Society Learning Gateway to access a comprehensive lesson plan on constitutional preambles, as well as other lesson plans related to constitution-making.

For Judges: A Model Constitution Day Statement

The ABA Division for Public Education encourages judges to open court on September 17, Constitution Day, with a public statement from the bench on the significance of this crucial document. This model statement was developed by Maryland Judiciary Public Awareness Committee for use by the Maryland judiciary. It is readably adaptable to the needs of any state or federal judiciary. 


Students Share Thoughts on the Constitution

In 2012, we took our cameras to Kenwood Academy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and asked students to discuss their views on the U.S. Constitution. See what they had to say!