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Constitution Day

Constitution Day

September 17th is U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day. Learn more about this day.

What is Constitution and Citizenship Day?

Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat believed that students need to have knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. Senator Byrd offered an amendment in December, 2004 in an attempt to increase knowledge about the constitution.  As a result, Congress established September 17 as United States Constitution and Citizenship Day. It commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution because delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American people on September 17, 1787.

Institutions that receive federal funds are required to provide educational programs relating to the United States Constitution annually on this day.

 

Where can I learn more about this day?

Visit www.archives.gov to read a transcript about the U.S. Constitution. You will find information on the Constitutional Convention. You will also learn interesting facts about the U.S. Constitution.