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The National Constitution Center's Constitution Day Celebration: For Cake and Constitution Lovers Alike

Do you love the Constitution and want to celebrate it on the anniversary of its signing? If so, clear your calendar for the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Day Celebration on September 17, 2013! This is a free, daylong event in Philadelphia where attendees can participate in educational games and activities about the Constitution. The celebration includes a Bill of Rights Show, where visitors can test their Bill of Rights knowledge. (Hint: Keep reading The Torch if you want to ace any First Amendment questions!) There’s a birthday party as well, so if you’ve ever wanted to eat cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to the Constitution with George Washington, this is the event for you! Another exciting event, “Tinker Tour: The Power of an Armband,” will be taking place at the celebration. Mary Beth Tinker, victor of the monumental student free speech case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969), which famously rejected the idea that “students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” will be making an appearance. Tinker is taking her nationwide educational bus tour to Philadelphia to share her story and passion for free speech. If you’re an educator who wants to share this great event with students, please encourage them to participate in the National Constitution Center’s “Constitution Day 2013: The Legislative Branch.” Those who cannot attend the program in person (or who want to get a head start) can tune into the “Constitutional Hall Pass” from September 9–20 to view video lessons and participate in live chats about the Constitution.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

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