Constitution Turns 225

The U.S. Constitution had its 225th birthday this week. On September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed by members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. 

Among those honoring the day, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) declared, “Today is the anniversary of a great and pivotal moment, not just in the history of our nation, but in the history of the world. On September 17, 1787, 225 years ago today, the Constitutional Convention signed a document unlike any written before by the hands of men. That document, The United States Constitution, set in motion an experiment that was, and still is, a triumph of the God-given rights and freedoms vested in every human being by their creator.”

In another celebration, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano keynoted a ceremony slated to welcome 225 new U.S. citizens at the National Archives, the home of the original Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. The National Archives celebrates “Constitution Day” annually with such naturalization ceremonies.

  • Find out more about the history of the Constitution.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations

Published: September 21, 2012