Celebrating Constitution Day

On September 17th, we celebrate the birth of the United States of America’s Government by the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. This document forever enshrined the values and objectives of our country, and all those who in inhabit it. On this day, we also recognize all U.S. citizens, by acquisition or naturalization.

“For over 230 years, the words ‘We the People’ have echoed through history,” said Jeffrey Whiting, CREA Chairman and CEO. “Although imperfect, it is the embodiment of a representative government of the people. The preamble even suggests this imperfection, stating, ‘…in order to form a more perfect union…’ And we are a union. Like the founding fathers, we have disagreements. And like our forebearers, they can often be disagreeable and even violent. We are, by all measures of history, a young nation. And yet, the Constitution of the United States of America is the most precious document in our nation’s history. It is the foundation of our freedom as citizens and the basis for which justice can be determined in our courts of law. It is timeless. We need to all take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this document and what it means to live in a free society.”

Constitution Day encourages individuals to celebrate by attending local events in your area, such as “activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us” (Source).

 

Some events that are local to our offices across the country, include:

Austin / Texas

  1. Tuesday, September 14, Constitution Day Lecture, 7:00-8:00 PM, Foster 240 at Baylor University / Waco

  2. Wednesday, September 15, The Constitution as Critical History, 7:00-8:30 PM, Texas State University / San Marcos

  3. Thursday, September 16, Benjamin Franklin and America’s Unwritten Constitution, 5:00-7:00 PM, The University of Texas at Austin / Austin

  4. Sunday, September 19, Barbecue Dinner & Address, 6:00 PM, Multipurpose Room of SB Hall at University of Dallas / Dallas

Boston / Massachusetts

  1. Wednesday, September 15, Constitution Day Panel & Speakers, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Middlesex Community College / Lowell

  2. Wednesday, September 15, Constitution Day Lecture, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Founders Hall – Room 301 at Assumption University / Worcester

Chicago / Illinois

  1. Thursday, September 16, College of DuPage Constitution Day 2021, 12:00 – 1:30 PM, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights / Chicago

  2. Thursday, September 16, 2021 Constitution Day Lecture with Professor Kurt Lash, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Online

  3. Friday, September 17, A Panel Discussion on Supreme Court Reform – Constitution Day, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Online via Chicago-Kent College of Law

  4. Friday, September 17, “The Words that Made Us” Lecture, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Max L. Rowe Auditorium in the Law Building at The University of Illinois / Urbana-Champaign

Indianapolis / Indiana

  1. Tuesday, September 14, Constitution Day Program, 5:00-6:00 PM, Wynne Courtroom (Rm 100) at IUPUI’s Inlow Hall / Indianapolis

  2. Wednesday, September 15, Constitution Day Celebration, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Campus Mall at IU South Bend

  3. Friday, September 17, The First Amendment: A Constitution Day Conversation, 9:00 AM, Sursa Performance Hall at Ball State University / Muncie

  4. Friday, September 17, Reading of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, 12:00 PM, Rice Plaza Amphitheatre at University of Southern Indiana / Evansville

  5. Friday, September 17, National Constitution Day Conversation, 1:00 PM, Online via IUPUI

New York City / New York

  1. Thursday, September 16, Constitution & Cocktails, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Rufus King Park – King Manor / Jamaica

  2. Thursday, September 16, Third Thursday Virtual Lecture Series: William Livingston, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Virtual by Liberty Hall Museum

  3. Friday, September 17, Constitution Day Bingo, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Online via the New York Public Library

  4. Tuesday, September 28, Constitution Day Lecture, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Palamountain Hall Gannett Auditorium at Skidmore College / Saratoga Springs

Portland / Oregon: Friday, September 17, Constitution Day, 4:00 PM, Virtual via Oregon State University

San Diego / California

  1. Tuesday, September 14, Constitution Day Program, 5:00-6:00 PM, Wynne Courtroom (Rm 100) at IUPUI’s Inlow Hall / Indianapolis

  2. Thursday, September 16 – Friday, September 17, Rights and Wrongs Constitution Day Conference, San Francisco State University

  3. Friday, September 17, The Supreme Court’s Controversial “Shadow Docket”, 12:00 – 12:50 PM, Warren Hall – Grace Courtroom 303 at University of San Diego / San Diego

  4. Friday, September 17, Constitution Day Ice Cream Social, 6:00 PM, Dominican University of California / San Rafael

  5. Friday, September 17, Does the Constitution Guarantee a Right to a Livable Climate?, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Online via San Diego Mesa College

Sarasota / Florida

  1. Various days/times, Constitution Day Events at Florida Atlantic University

  2. Thursday, September 16, “A Pro-Slavery Constitution?” with Dr. Michael Zuckert, Online via Jacksonville State University

 

For those who are not able to attend any local events or virtual offerings, we encourage you to check out the resources below as an opportunity to learn and further your knowledge surrounding the birth of the U.S. government.

  1. The Declaration of Independence

  2. The Constitution

  3. Constitution FAQs

  4. The Founding Fathers

  5. The Bill of Rights

  6. The Three Branches of Government

  7. Voting – Your Civic Duty