We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America,” states the preamble to the US Constitution.
September 17 is recognized as Constitution Day to honor the signing of the US Constitution. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign this historic document. Learn more about the US Constitution and government through our public events, family activities, and online tools.
The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. It superseded the Articles of Confederation, the nation's first constitution. Originally comprising seven articles, it delineates the national frame of government.
Join us for live, interactive webinars for K–12 students around Constitution Day. These virtual events are offered as a part of “Civics for All of US,” a new education initiative from the National Archives that promote civic literacy and engagement.
All four pages of the US Constitution are on permanent display at the National Archives building in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, along with the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.
Image: Constitution of the United States, page 1, 1787.