Constitution Day

Pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to recognize the United States Constitution on Sept. 17 of each year or, in the event that Sept. 17 falls on a weekend or holiday, schedule a recognition program immediately before or after that date.

View a Constitution Day Liberty Medal Ceremony

6:30 p.m. EDT; Streamed live on the Constitution Center website
The National Constitution Center will award its 32nd annual Liberty Medal to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for her efforts to advance liberty and equality for all. The National Constitution Center will honor Justice Ginsburg through a video tribute in words and music broadcast live on Thursday, September 17, 2020, Constitution Day, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

The program, produced by NBCUniversal, will feature performances by internationally renowned opera singers and tributes from special friends of Justice Ginsburg.

Learn more

View Join a Live Discussion

7:30 p.m. EDT after the video debuts
Join National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a live conversation following the 2020 Liberty Medal ceremony honoring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

Register here

Participate in Ratification Debates

Explore the battle over the ratification of the Constitution—beginning with Convention delegates like George Mason who refused to sign the Constitution and continuing through the debates between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists—and examine great works like The Federalist Papers (#10 and #51) and Brutus #1. Also explore why this time in America was called a “grand national discussion.”

Register for the Sept. 21 and 23 College Session (2 p.m. ET)

Explore Federalism

Explore Federalism and the debate over how to balance the powers of the national government, the powers of the states, and the rights of individuals. The session will examine the debates over Federalism at the Constitutional Convention, how it works, how it has changed over time, how the Supreme Court has addressed it, and how it affects us today.

Register for the college session Sept. 28 and 30 at 2 p.m. ET

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