Celebrate Constitution Week

The US Constitution superimposed over the American Flag entitled Celebrate Constitution Week

September 17th marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 of the 55 Delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.

The tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915, on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Constitution Week is commemorated September 17 – 23.

Look for Constitution Week displays at selected public libraries. Find and read library books about the Constitution. Listen for bells to ring simultaneously from coast-to-coast as the Nation celebrates the Constitution's birthday with Bells Across America at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Attend a local government meeting to hear the leaders give a Constitution Week Proclamation. Pick up free Preamble bookmarks at any branch of Frederick County Public Libraries (while supplies last). Visit the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to see the original Constitution!

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