Freedom to Peaceably Assemble

The Freedom to Peaceably Assemble or protest is one of your Five Freedoms protected under the First Amendment. It is a nonviolent resistance or action with a goal of advocating for or achieving change. This right has been exercised throughout the history of the United States, from human rights issues and anti-war campaigns to disapproval of government policy. It’s far from radical. It’s safe. It’s nonviolent. And it’s your right as an American citizen.

This right includes a very important keyword: peaceably. So, as long as constitutional laws and safeguards are in place, you are free to peacefully assemble. This freedom does not provide the right to cause danger, disorder, violence, force or immediate threats to public safety.1

While this fundamental right is encoded and protected under the First Amendment, the government has authority to impose restrictions on certain aspects of assembly, such as time, place and manner of assembly.1


Only 10% of Americans were able to name Freedom of Peaceable Assembly as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.2

The First Amendment protects these five freedoms equally.

  1. “Right to Peaceful Assembly: United States.” Library of Congress, October 2014. Accessed on June 13, 2018.
  2. “2017 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey.” Annenberg Public Policy Center, September 2017. Accessed June 13, 2018.