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.
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
FindLaw.com and the U.S. Constitution
FoundingFathers.com: 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
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“As the last vibration of the midnight bell proclaimed the presence of the jubilant day, the sound of fife and drum broke on the silent air. Hail Columbia, coupled with the ever stirring strains of The Star Spangled Banner and Yankee Doodle, mingled with the firing of guns, the sharp, loud crack of powder-charged anvil, and the glad cheers of hilarious voices. On came the music and our hearts beat quicker as we beheld, borne in front of a band of Hawaiians, the glorious banner of the free. Fourth of July at Hanalei at Princeville Plantation, Kauai, on the 90th anniversary of American independence.”
Source: Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Saturday, July 14, 1866