Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance that commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of the United States and those who have become United States citizens.

This day is observed each year on September 17.

On this day members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.


In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “I am an American Day,” and Congress designated the third Sunday in May to celebrate it.

By 1949, the governors of all 48 states had issued Constitution Day proclamations.

On February 29, 1952, Congress changed the name from “I am an American Day” to “Citizenship Day” and moved its observation to September 17.

In 2004, the day was renamed Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Chris Edwards Napa 9/17/18



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