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Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day. The purpose of this day is to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.

The United States Constitution has been in operation since 1789. It was written in 1787 and ratified in 1788. It is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. It declares that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens with the first three words, “We the People”.

Writers of the constitution carefully separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. This careful consideration of checks and balances is ones of the reasons the Constitution has remained for over two centuries.

Amendments have been added to the Constitution over the years to meet the changing needs of a nation that continues to evolve from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived.

In 1956, Congress established Constitution Week to encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution and how it shapes the world we live in. Constitution Week begins each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution.

In 2004, Constitution Day was created. September 17th of each year is dedicated Constitution Day and public schools and governmental offices are required to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

On this page, you can explore information and resources on the Constitution and what it means to you.

 

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