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Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day - September 17
One day, two observances


In 1940, following a push by the Hearst newspapers, Congress established the third Sunday in May as "I Am An American Day," a day for celebrating citizenship in the United States. In 1952, President Harry Truman moved the holiday to September 17th, and renamed it Citizenship Day. Its purpose was to "[commemorate] the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and [recognize] all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens."
Starting in 1956, Constitution Week was added, celebrating the Constitution from September 17 through September 23.
At the end of 2004, it was decided to re-designate September 17 as "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," adding the additional observance of holding educational programs on the United States Constitution in all publicly-funded schools.
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Constitution Day

September 17, 2005 is designated as Constitution Day. Constitution Day is also a day to display the flag of the United States of America. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Thirty-nine delegates from twelve states met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to sign the Constitution. Rhode Island did not send a representative. After the Convention ended, individual states still had to meet and vote to approve it. The Constitution did not go into effect until two years later on March 4, 1789. The Constitution was signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence was also signed here in 1776. The Liberty Bell is housed in Independence Hall.

The California Education Code also recognizes Constitution Day by suggesting that schools include activities in the purpose, meaning, and importance of the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights. In school districts across the nation, National Standards of United States History also address the Constitution in following ways: Demonstrate an understanding of the issues related to the creation and ratification of the United States Constitution and the new government it established.

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