What is the purpose of the Constitution?
Celebrating Constitution Day
Constitution Day is a national holiday held on September 17th each year. It was established to honor the signing of the Constitution in 1787. It is a day to celebrate our nation's founding document and remember the freedoms it provides.
Constitution Day: Constitution Day celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17th, 1787. It is a day to reflect on the importance of the Constitution and our democratic government.
Separation of Powers: This is a way for the government to divide power among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The idea is to prevent any one branch from having too much power.
Did you know?
The United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, and was first ratified by Delaware on December 7, 1787. The oldest known document that contains a reference to Constitution Day is a letter by George Washington from 1789. The Constitution Day is not a federal holiday, but most states recognize it as a state holiday.
Work together in pairs: Describe two important ideas that are included in the U.S. Constitution.
Why is Constitution Day celebrated in the United States and what significance does it hold for the country's governance?
Work together in pairs: How does the Constitution protect the rights of citizens?
Brain break: Draw a talking rainbow colored flower playing the drums.
When is Constitution Day celebrated in the United States?
- January 1
- November 11
- September 17
- July 4
Which document does Constitution Day commemorate?
- The Bill of Rights
- The Emancipation Proclamation
- The Declaration of Independence
- The U.S. Constitution
How many amendments are there in the U.S. Constitution?
Who is considered the 'Father of the U.S. Constitution'?
- Thomas Jefferson
- James Madison
- George Washington
What year was the U.S. Constitution signed?