A picture of the U.S. Constitution on top of a U.S. Flag
A picture of the U.S. Constitution on top of a U.S. Flag

Constitution Day & Citizenship Day

Constitution Day


Citizenship Day

For more public domain images of the Constitution visit the National Archives

September 17th: Each year Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution in 1787. 

In 2004 under Senator Byrd's urging, Congress changed the designation of this day to "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" and added the requirement that each educational institution which receives Federal funds should hold a program for students every September 17th

Read More at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

This day has its roots in a Congressional joint resolution in 1940 requesting the President to issue a proclamation setting aside the 3rd Sunday in May for the recognition of all who had attained the status of American citizenship.  In 1952 Congress repealed this resolution and passed a law moving the date to September 17th. This law urged authorities of states, counties, cities and towns to make plans for the observance of the day.

Read More at the Library of Congress

Videos: We hope you find the following three videos interesting and useful

Where does the right to privacy come from?

Dr. Kenneth Fernandez, from the College of Southern Nevada, discusses how the right to privacy emerged from a series of important interpretations of the U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights

Chiafalo v. Washington: Faithless Electors

Dr. Michael Hart, from the College of Southern Nevada, discusses Chiafalo v. Washington, a United States Supreme Court case on the issue of "faithless electors" in the Electoral College

Why the Constitution is Unique?

Yale Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science Akhil Amar discusses what makes the U.S. Constitution unique.

This webpage was designed by faculty from the Department of Social Sciences at the College of Southern Nevada to Celebrate Constitution Day. The views here do not represent the views of the College of Southern Nevada. The material here is presented for educational purposes and is free to use by anyone. Direct any questions to Kenneth Fernandez at:  politicalscience@email.com