Bill of Rights Day is December 15! This year marks the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. Bill of Rights Day has been a day of federal observance since 1941 – here are some fun ways that you can celebrate!
- Pledge to read the Bill of Rights – please join us and commit to reading through the first ten Amendments with your students, family, friends, and co-workers as a reminder of the rights we have as American citizens.
- FREE game resources for your SMART Board in honor of Bill of Rights Day is called “Fight 4 UR Rights” and is available for FREE download here. Explore the history of the Bill of Rights and its protections including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and due process, with an interactive Flash game!
- Watch a video on the Rule of Law – This video explores how citizens’ commitment to the rule of law is crucial for self-government. The process by which the Constitution was framed and ratified reflects the rule of law, and many of its protections ensure that the United States is, as John Adams explained, an empire of laws and not of men.
- Test your knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights – take our 15-question quiz covering the Constitution, landmark Supreme Court cases, people, and important primary source documents.
- Rank your rights! Working through this handout helps you think about which rights you value most and which amendment protects that right.
- Refresh your memory on the importance of our liberty – spend a few minutes exploring Life Without the Bill of Rights? an activity that asks you to consider how life would change without some of our most cherished freedoms including freedom of religion, speech, and press, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and the rights of private property.
- Share the Bill of Rights with Friends – Print out a pdf of the Bill of Rights and give 10 co-workers or friends one amendment each. Gather together with some sparkling cider, read each amendment aloud, and then toast the Bill of Rights.