Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in America
17 September, 2017

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in America

The celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is on the 17th of September. The main purpose of this holiday is a commemoration of how the Constitution of the US was formed and signed in 1787. This significant day is dedicated to each of US citizens.


The President of the United States issues annually a proclamation, in which he calls on government officials to raise the country’s flag above every government building on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Apart from that, the President invites the people to celebrate this event also in school, church, or any other suitable place, holding appropriate ceremonies.

Different civil, educational authorities, individuals prefer observing Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, taking part in numerous events and various activities every year. For instance, a few lessons topics regarding Constitution Day and Citizenship Day for students are provided by the Center for Civic Education.

Public Life

A lot of people in the United States celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, in spite of the fact that it is not considered to be a federal public holiday.

Historical Background

Actually, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, falling during Constitution Week, is characterized by countless people in America who remember to recognize the nation’s constitution anniversary, tremendous efforts as well as responsibilities shown by all citizens. In 1787, delegates came together for a meeting in Philadelphia where they decided to improve union, creating the constitution of the country. In fact, they persevered in developing an outline that would provide freedom and balance. What is more, the delegates took into consideration federal, state interests, individual human rights. Consequently, on September 17 that year, the Constitution of the United States was signed.

Concerning recognizing citizens, William Randolph Hears, who was newspaper magnate, in 1939, made an attempt to advocate a day that would celebrate US Citizenship. In 1940, “I Am an American Day” was created by the Congress and the third Sunday of May was chosen for celebration. On the 29th of February, 1952, “Citizenship Day” was signed into law by President Harry Truman. Thus, “I am an American Day” was replaced. Four years later, the Congress formally asked the President for the proclamation of the week starting September 17 and finishing September 23 and that would be called “Constitution Week”.


It’s a well-known fact that lots of positive images that belong to citizens of the United States that had different types of background have been used in order to promote the importance of “Citizenship” with regard to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Moreover, people used images of the flag and red, white and blue colors so that relevant material could be promoted. In addition, painted images of the people who founded the constitution are also displayed for illustration the significance of the citizenship.

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