Constitution of the United States of America

On September 17, 1787 the Constitution of the United States of America was signed by the Founders in Philadelphia. The same providential spirit that had guided Americans to freedom granted our Founders the virtuous wisdom to enshrine our laws into the form of a written Constitution within the framework of a federal republic.

“All Americans should unite in giving thanks,” said Rev. Samuel C. Damon in 1868 from the Seaman’s Bethel in Honolulu, “that the country to which they hold allegiance is a free and strong nation.” Damon also said that, “The government is thus proved to be strong because it is the embodied sentiment of an intelligent and string-minded people, expressed through their properly elected senators and representatives.” In December, 2004, President George W. Bush signed a bill designating every September 17 as Constitution Day.

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National Archives: The Charters of Freedom

“To Form a More Perfect Union:” The Library of Congress

Documents from the Continental Congress

Constitution Center in Philadelphia

Constitution Day, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit organization

Constitution Day: Background

Celebrate Constitution Day: The National Archives

Constitution Day and the Claremont Institute

Constitution Day and Children: The White House

Transcripts of the Bill of Rights:

The Bill of Rights: Online Exhibit from the National Archives

The Bill of Rights Institute and the U.S. Constitution The Federalist Papers


Pulling Down the Statue of George III at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan, oil painting (reproduction) by William Walcutt, 1857

After hearing the news about independence on July 9, 1776, people in New York City celebrated by pulling down a statue of the King they had come to view as a tyrant

Courtesy of Lafayette College Art Collection Easton, Pennsylvania
Image and text from National Archives: The Charters of Freedom



"The Centennial morning dawns! As the fiery chariot of the God of Day rises from the bosom of the Atlantic, and the mountain peaks catch his first beams, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, the cannons voice is heard from ten thousand throats of iron, hailing the birthday of the Nation, and the chorus of thunder is swollen into a pause of praise by the mingling shouts of patriotism."


~ G. W. Woods, Surgeon.
from an Address delivered at the American Centennial Celebration
at the Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, July 4, 1876.
Source: The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu: July 8, 1876.