On September 17th it will have been exactly 225 years since the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787; and in commemoration, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA is hosting numerous events and activities.

September 15th will mark the start of Constitution Week with free-admission lawn events including musical performances, colonial games, historic interpreters, and educational programs. The rest of the week will be comprised of hands-on activities and specialized events like the calligraphy demonstrations or printing press demos. Events will also include the “sworn-again ceremony”–participants are invited to renew civic vows and embrace their citizenship.

A giant copy of the Constitution will be on display throughout the week in Signers’ Hall and the best part is, anyone is welcome to sign. Just don’t be frightened by the 42 life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers that stand overlooking the document. Some hands-on features will even stick around past the Celebration Week. Visitors will get a chance to be “sworn in” as president or use one of the provided iPads to attempt at creating six-word stump speech that will later be displayed on a big screen.

Admission is $14.50 for adults; $13 for seniors and students; and $8 for children.

On Monday, Sept. 17, general admission is free. If you are lucky, you may even catch a guest appearance by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Theodore Roosevelt!

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Ellen Studer

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