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Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2004 2:32 pm

Sept 1, 2004

Two free, family-friendly events in the East Valley will mark the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The City of Mesa is hosting a big birthday celebration with live music, parades, a pageant of flags, and characters in costume -- and the guest of honor is the United States Constitution.

Yes, the fanfare is to celebrate the U.S. Constitution, a document adopted by a convention of the states on Sept. 17, 1787.

The event will be held Monday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Amphitheater.

This is a great way to teach children United States history in a fun, festive, and interactive way. Check out these two websites with the kids before you go: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/index.html and http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/constitution/.

Patriotic music will be played by local high school bands. Kids can make a Constitution craft and meet our Founding Fathers in costume. Grade school children can take part in a Constitution Quiz, and there will be a parade and pageant of flags.

Blankets, lawn chairs and food and drink are allowed the amphitheater. Admission is free.

And if you’d like to continue celebrating U.S. history, bring your family to a musical tribute to the Constitution on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Living Word Bible Church in Mesa. The night’s entertainment includes music and narration celebrating our country and Constitution. Performances are scheduled by a local hand-bell group and the Konstitution Kidz Singing Group. This event is free and recommended for children ages 10 and up.

DETAILS:

Mesa’s 28th Annual United States Constitution Celebration

Monday, Sept. 13

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Mesa Amphitheatre, 201 N. Center, Mesa, 480-644-2242

United States Constitution Celebration Week: A Patriotic Musical Event

Saturday, Sept. 18

7:30 p.m.

Living Word Bible Church, 3520 E. Brown Road, Mesa, 480-644-2352

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