Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is September 17
Each year on September 17, we celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787. Although the day is popularly known as Constitution Day, the day has its origins in celebrating those people who had become American citizens. Over the years, recognition of the signing of the Constitution merged with reminders of the responsibilities of all US citizens to form the focus of the day's celebrations.
In case you were not aware, each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the US Constitution for its students. To help you prepare for the day, there are a number of resources to explore below for teachers and students to use in the classroom and for adult education programs to create activities for the day:
- Constitution Day Teacher Resources at the Library of Congress
- Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center
- Celebrating Constitution Day at the National Archives
- Commemorating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day at the US Department of Education
- Constitution Day and Citizenship Day at USCIS
- ConstitutionDay.com website
- ConstitutionFacts.com website
Jennifer Gagliardi from Milpitas Adult School hosts the very popular US Citizenship Podcast, and she has a webpage devoted to Constitution Day with a number of videos about the Constitution and citizenship and videos of her interviewing adult education students preparing for their citizenship interviews. Check out the many resources on her webpage and consider sharing some with students and your Citizenship programs.