Celebrate Constitution Day- September 17, 2010
The Constitution—Debate it. Discuss it. Understand it.
Sep 08, 2010
On this date in 1787 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution, a written charter for a new—and enduring—federal government. The delegates convened in Philadelphia to develop a framework that would provide balance and freedom, taking into account federal and state interests, as well as individual human rights. By June 21, 1788, the Constitution was effective, having been approved by nine of the 13 states.
In 2005 Congress designated September 17 as a day "to hold educational programs for students" on the Constitution. Authorizing legislation states that all educational institutions and federal agencies receiving federal funds will hold educational programs about the Constitution on September 17-Constitution Day.
However, Constitution Day is a day for ALL Americans to commemorate the Constitution.
Celebrate Constitution Day in the classroom and in your community with great resources and fun features from the ABA. Visit www.abaconstitution.org for lesson plans, interactive features and games, conversation starters and information on landmark Supreme Court cases.