The beginning of the United States Constitution
The beginning of the United States Constitution
 
 
Painting showing the passing of the Constitution
Painting showing the passing of the Constitution
 
 
Celebrating the anniversary of the Constitution
Celebrating the anniversary of the Constitution
 
 
Citizens celebrating Constitution Day
Citizens celebrating Constitution Day
 
 
President George Bush reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
President George Bush reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
 
American citizens come in all shapes and sizes
American citizens come in all shapes and sizes
 
Constitution/Citizenship Day
Topic(s):   Holidays & Celebrations
Quick Facts
Name: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Celebrated on: September 17
Started: 1911

The United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. In 1911, some people began to celebrate that signing. They called it Constitution Day. In 1940, Congress asked the President to make the third Sunday in May a special day. It was called I Am an American Day. It was made to honor people who had become citizens.

Congress moved the date to September 17th in 1952. That day was for remembering the signing of the Constitution. It was for honoring citizens, too. It was called Citizenship Day. People were urged to learn about what it meant to be a citizen.

Congress made another change in 2004. It changed the name to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Federal workers learn about the Constitution on that day. Congress said schools had to teach about the Constitution then, too. Sometimes the holiday falls on a weekend. Then it is observed on Friday or Monday.

Louisville, Ohio calls itself Constitution Town. Olga T. Weber talked the town into making a Constitution Day. The city made it on September 17 in 1952. Later, she talked the state into making it a holiday, too. Then she went to the United State Senate. She talked them into setting up Constitution Week. It is from September 17 to 23.

Resource information

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. (n.d.). Retrieved June 27, 2013, from http://loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/constitution-day.php

History. (n.d.). Retrieved June 27, 2013, from http://louisvilleohio.com/community/history

Notice of implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of each year. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/052405b.html

Sons of the American Revolution (1991). Centennial history of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 1889-1989. Paducah, Ky: Turner Pub.

Vandestreek, J. (2010, September 16). Citizenship Day. Retrieved June 27, 2013, from http://www.utcourts.gov/lawlibrary/blog/2010/09/citizenship_day.html

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