About Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
On February 29th 1952, Congress designated September 17th as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution that day in 1787 and recognize all American citizens.
Constitution Day And Citizenship Day are celebrated across the United States in order to commemorate the honor of creation and adoption of the constitution of the United States. The day is a celebration to all those who are the citizens of the US either by their birth or naturalization.
The day is also known as the Citizenship day which is from old "I am an American Day". "I am an American Day" was inspired by the Arthur Pine who is ahead of the publicity public relations from the firm in New York City who bears his name. Pine has got the idea for a day from the song of the title "I am an American" which was featured in New York World’s Fair in 2019. However, in the year 1949, all of those 48 states had issued Constitution Day proclamations but on 29th February 1952. Congress moved that "I am American Day" as an official day of observance on 17th September which is known as Citizenship Day.
Celebrating Constitution Day
- On November 26, 1789, President George Washington created the first national Thanksgiving Day to give thanks to the Constitution.
- In the early 1900s, several states started to celebrate Constitution Day, but it was only in 1940 when Congress formally designated the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day.” By 1952, the day was moved to September 17th and called Citizenship Day.
- In 1939, successful newspaper publisher William Hearst, of Hearst Communications, stated that there should be a holiday to celebrate American citizenship for new and existing citizens. He used his newspaper to build support for his idea.
- Senator Robert Byrd was responsible for Citizenship Day’s name change to Constitution Day in 2004.
- The focus of Constitution Day is to educate people about the importance of the American Constitution and the freedoms and rights it offers American citizens.
- Many American citizens observe Constitution Day by flying American flags. It is also a day to learn about the Constitution and to take pride in one’s community through organized community activities.
- Becoming an American citizen is a long process and requires immigrants and refugees to know and take on American values, language and culture. Applicants are required to take a citizenship test.
- The Constitution Day is a federal event but not a holiday.
- Aside from learning the history and importance of the highest law of the land, it is also a day to promote sanitation and environmental causes.
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