As it has for the past 12 years, the Town of Gilbert is hosting what has become one of the nation’s largest celebrations of the U.S. Constitution, with activities and events that will culminate September 21, with the Constitution Week Fair and Concert, featuring musician and singer David Osmond.
The weeklong celebration is designed to help individuals of all ages become educated about the Constitution and to appreciate the freedoms it provides — all in a fun and entertaining setting, said Barb Stowell, Constitution Week chair.
Gilbert’s Constitution Week started in 2002 at the suggestion of John Lewis, now the mayor of Gilbert. The celebration resurrects a nearly forgotten tradition that began in 1956, when Congress requested the week of Sept. 17 -23 be recognized as “Constitution Week.”
Stowell said while this year’s celebration will continue the favorite events — including Scout merit badge clinics and art and essay contests — new activities have been added as well.
“A new event is the Treasure Quest a fun, free family treasure hunt,” Stowell said. “Families can go online to our site where they can find clues about America and the Constitution, which lead them to Gilbert businesses where they can find the answers.”
Participants can have their playing card stamped at each business, then can redeem the completed card for prizes at the Constitution Fair. For instructions, go to www.ConstitutionWeekUSA.com.
Another new event this year is the “One Nation Under God” event to be held on Thursday evening, Stowell said.
The Constitution Week USA’s main event on Saturday, will again feature informative displays and community booths and “all kinds of patriotic activities, including a cool patriotic puppet and magic show,” Stowell said. “There’s so much to see and do. Families can come and stay, sit on blankets on the grass, and just have a really nice evening.”
Other highlights include the Arizona Fallen Soldier display, skydiver performances, military fly-overs and a concert with world-class entertainment, including headliner, David Osmond. The second generation, Osmond-family recording artist and American Idol contestant, David Osmond is known for his distinctive voice as well as his ability to captivate and entertain audiences, Stowell said.
Stowell, who has helped organize the annual event since the beginning, said, “I think it’s a celebration that is needed. A lot of people think the Constitution is an outdated and antiquated document; yet, it certainly does apply today — more than ever.”
“We hope all the fun and activities of Constitution Week, will create a spark — so some will even go and read the Constitution — and participants will remember who we are and why we are here — and why America is a shining star on a hill.”
The Constitution Week USA Fair is Sat., Sept. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Civic Plaza / Town Square, 50 E. Civic Center Drive in Gilbert. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The suggested donation is $5 per person, $15 per family.
For more information about the eventor for patriotic activities to do with your family, visit www.constitutionweekusa.com.