Starting in May 1787, the debate on wording of the document and the establishment of the three branches of government was debated. It was the Connecticut Compromise which proposed the two houses of Congress — one with proportional representation (the House of Representatives) and one with equal representation (the Senate) which enabled the delegates to agree.
On Sept. 17, 1787 the Constitution was signed. At 4 p.m. when the delegates emerged from what is now known as Independence Hall in Philadelphia, all the bells rang to celebrate the signing of the Constitution.
Ringing of the bells at 4 p.m. is encouraged, but any time Sept. 17 is fine, organizers said.
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