Celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th!

Please visit the Glen Oaks Library on September 17th to celebrate the birthday of our United State of America Government!

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Since May of 1787, delegates had gathered in the State House (Independence Hall) of Philadelphia, PA, to revise the Articles of Confederation, the first governing documents of the United States of America as adopted by the Continental Congress in 1777.

After several months of debate and redrafting, delegates voted to design an entirely new framework for the government, the Constitution. After the Constitution was signed by members of the Continental Congress in September 1787, fierce debates ensued at the state level over issues such as the power of central government and states, and the process of electing representatives.

The Constitution was eventually ratified and took effect on June 21, 1788.

Constitution Documents

View images and the text of the Constitution and related documents from the
National Archives:

Constitution of the United States
High-Resolution Images of the Constitution
Transcript of the Constitution
The Bill of Rights: Amendments 1-10
Constitutional Amendments 11-27

The Constitution Today

Today the constitution is housed at the National Archives and Records Administration on Constitution Ave NW [between 7th and 9th St.] in Washington, DC. You can visit the National Archives website for more information, hours, and directions.

Historical Timeline of the United States Constitution

March 25-28, 1785 – The Mount Vernon Conference: Representatives of Maryland and Virginia meet at George Washington’s plantation to resolve
conflicts over the navigation of the Potomac and Pocomoke Rivers.
September 11-14, 1786 – The Annapolis Convention: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia meet to discuss uniform trade
regulations, but agree to appeal to all states to meet again to discuss broader reforms.
February 21, 1787 – Congress approves convention to amend the Articles of the Confederation.
May 25, 1787 – First Meeting of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
May 29, 1787 – Edmund Randolph proposes the Virginia Plan.
July 26, 1787 – Constitution submitted to a Committee of Detail, who were appointed to prepare the first formal draft of the constitution.
August 6, 1787 – First Draft of Constitution Presented to Convention
September 17, 1787 – All delegates, except Randolph, Mason, and Gerry, sign the Constitution.

Constitution Trivia and Information

More information from the National Archives:

Questions & Answers Pertaining to the Constitution
A More Perfect Union: The Creation of the U.S. Constitution
The Signers of the Constitution
The Constitution Game

Related Web Sites

National Archives: Celebrate Constitution Day 2005
Library of Congress: United States Constitution
National Constitution Center
Justice Learning: Constitution Day 2005