On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution, a written charter for a new federal government. The delegates convened in Philadelphia to develop a framework that would provide balance and freedom, taking into account federal and state interests, as well as individual human rights. Once signed, the Constitution required ratification from at least nine of the 13 states to take effect. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify, and the Constitution became the law of the land.
2005, Congress designated September 17 as a day "to hold educational
programs for students" on the Constitution. Authorizing legislation
states that all educational institutions and federal agencies receiving
federal funds will hold educational programs about the Constitution on
September 17-Constitution Day.
Constitution Day: Citizenship and the Constitution