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In celebrating the freedom and responsibility that comes with being a citizen of the USA, days like Independence Day on July 4, National Flag Day on June 14 and Constitution Day are all important times to show appreciation and honor for the foundations of the United States of America. 

History of Constitution Day

Constitution Day falls on September 17, the anniversary of the official signing of the US constitution in 1787. The document stood as the result of tireless work and compromise between the delegates of the Constitutional Convention. The purpose was basically to bring about an agreement between the states which would allow a central government the power to enforce its decisions and allow the USA to stand as an international force, while maintaining a reasonable level of independence within the separate states.

Of course, to this day the constitution of 1787 has formed the basis for the development and running of the United States as it is known, priding itself on its roots that stem from democracy, individual rights and the social contract. Certainly some aspects of the constitution have been contested over the years as attitudes change over time – key issues including slavery and a woman’s right to vote have changed, while the core elements have remained.

Also known by some as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day is important not only to those Americans who were born in the United States, but also those who have become naturalized citizens through a rigorous process and years of patience as well as permanent residence.

How to Celebrate Constitution Day

Wondering about some of the best ways to get on board with celebrating and enjoying Constitution Day? Check out some of these ideas and plans for the day:

Learn More About the Constitution

Education about the constitution is highly encouraged, particularly in celebration of Constitution Day. Schools and other educational establishments receiving any form of federal funding are required to teach the history of the American constitution, not only on this day but in history classes throughout the year for students of many ages.

An excellent way to brush up on this document, sharing and raising awareness for Constitution Day, might be to learn and remember some of these fascinating facts about it:

  • Two founding fathers and future presidents of the USA who were not actually at the Constitutional Convention (and who did not sign the document) were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson because they were away on diplomatic missions to Great Britain and France.

  • The original copy of the Constitution was placed in the Department of State in 1789 and was transferred to the Library of Congress in 1921. In 1954 it began its exhibit in the National Archives in Washington, DC.

  • The man who “penned” the Constitution was a clerk for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Jacob Shallus, and he was paid $30 for this work (around $1000 today).

  • James Madison is considered to be the “father of the Constitution” and he arrived in May of 1787 with his blueprint, as the first representative of the convention.

Attend a Constitution Day Event

Many establishments such as local government agencies as well as universities and colleges, will take a look back to celebrate the constitution by holding celebratory leisure events. These types of events might include Constitution Trivia Quizzes, educational forums, town hall meetings or community fairs.

Observe or Participate in Ceremonies

As part of Constitution Day or Citizenship Day celebrations, many ceremonies for the official naturalization of citizens take place on this day. Those who have friends or family members who are becoming US citizens can participate by attending the ceremonies and joining in on the party for the person’s new sense of belonging as an American. It’s a privilege to witness and share in the joy with those who have worked so hard to get to this point.

Don Some American Garb

Constitution-based merchandise may be made available in different forms from free paperback copies of the document to t-shirts with constitution quotes. Or just put on a good old classic t-shirt that sports the American stars-and-stripes as a nod to this important day in history. Those who want to make a big deal out of it could also fly an American flag on their house or car, or simply post one in their cubicle at work.

So get involved with the learning this Constitution Day and find out about the history and background of the constitution that defines the USA – and once that has been done, wear the t-shirt to brag about it!

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