Get Ready for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day


Students study historical documents in the Boeing Learning Center at the U.S. National Archives.

History Pop Quiz: Do you know who proposed holding the Constitutional Convention?

September 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day present an opportunity to learn more about the Constitution and the importance of active citizenship. By law, all Federal agencies must provide educational and training materials about the U.S. Constitution to all of its employees, and educational institutions that receive Federal funds are required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution on September 17 each year.

Visit our Constitution Day resource page for more information and ideas for how Constitution Day could be observed at your school or with your family. Included are examples of some educational resources and online copies of historical documents and primary source materials from the U.S. National Archives, Library of Congress and other agencies.

Pop Quiz Answer Key: James Madison and John Tyler proposed the idea of holding a convention to revise the Articles of Confederation. The convention became known as the Constitutional Convention. The convention’s participants or “framers” accepted the final draft of the Constitution by signing it on September 17, 1787.

Tony Fowler is the Director of Interagency Affairs in the Office of Communications and Outreach in the U.S. Department of Education.

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  1. Where in the Constitution, then, was education NOT left to the states, as opposed to the Federal government? (And no, bribing states to cede that power doesn’t count!)

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