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Message from the ABA President

Mary Smith released her 2023 Constitution Day statement, highlighting the importance of the constitution, democracy, diversity and the voices of the American people.

National Constitution Center Constitution Day Celebration

The National Constitution Center offers a variety of in-person and online programming annually for Constitution Day, and everyone is welcome.

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Annenberg Annual Civics Survey

The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania releases its 2022 Annual Civics Survey findings on September 13. View current and past survey results here.

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What Constitution Day Means and Why it Matters

For almost three quarters of a century, advocates have worked to give comparable federal stature to September 17, the day on which we celebrate the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution by the nation’s founders. As President John F. Kennedy noted in his 1961 Constitution Day proclamation, it is a day for “ceremonies” set up to “inspire all our citizens to keep the faith of our Founding Fathers and to carry out the ideals of United States citizenship.”2 The need was explained by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. “

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Sample Public Statement for Constitution Day Recognition

Meant for use by courts, bar associations, schools, libraries, museums, elected officials, or other public venues.

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What Does the Preamble of the US Constitution Mean?

Lesson for middle and high school students looks at the Preamble of the US Constitution, and preambles to state constitutions, in order to compare, analyze, and understand the purpose and significance of the common beginning statement.

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United States Federal Courts Constitution Day Web Resource

Many schools are required to teach about the Constitution on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, which is observed nationally on September 17. In communities across the nation, schools meet this requirement by joining with their federal court in a variety of ways.

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Engaging Resources from USCIS

USCIS offers a variety of resources for learners of all ages related to the naturalization process. There may also be naturalization ceremonies near you to observe.

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