What is Constitution and Citizenship Day?
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and all who have become U.S. citizens. It is generally observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
The law establishing the present holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday Constitution and Citizenship Day, the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind.
Dawson Community College joins universities and colleges nationwide to commemorate the adoption of the United States Constitution. This is a time for Dawson Community College to continue the legacy of the founders by offering programs that develop habits of citizenship in each new generation of Americans.
See the display on Sept. 17th in the library (Book display, Constitution reproduction, and interactive activities) or use the additional resources below.