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Home >> Research & Instruction >> Research Services Blog >> Celebrate US Constitution Day

Celebrate US Constitution Day on September 17!

The final draft of the Constitution of the United States was signed by 39 delegates on September 17, 1787. It would go on to be ratified on June 21, 1788. The signing of the Constitution is one of the most important and defining moments in US history and as such the 17th of September is recognized as US Constitution Day.

The commemoration of this day grew out of an original desire for an “I Am An American Day” that was recognized in 1941 as the third Sunday in May. This day was meant to celebrate those who had become American citizens. Later, in 1952 Congress moved this date to September 17th to commemorate the formation and signing of the Constitution but with the designation “Citizen Day” and with the purpose of recognizing all who had become American citizens. In 2004, Congress changed the designation to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” The new commemoration also included two requirements, that the head of every Federal agency provide each employee with education and training materials concerning the Constitution, and that each educational institution which receives Federal funds provides education opportunities for students concerning the Constitution on September 17th.

Free Web Resources

There is a wealth of information and resources written on the Constitution of the United States.

National Archives has "America's Founding Documents," including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Reading of the Constitution by Congress:

Annenberg Classroom Videos: The Story of the Bill of Rights (16 min video)

Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution

Library of Congress Lesson Plans

National Constitution Center

Law Library of Congress Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Resources


Library Resources on the Constitution

The SDSU Library has a number of great resources on the Constitution. Here are a few titles:

The United States Constitution : questions and answers by John R. Vile

Our Constitution: A Conversation (DVD)

Why the Constitution Matters by Mark Tushnet

The annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence edited by Jack N. Rakove  

Here are a few subject headings, to find additional resources:

Constitutional law -- United States

United States. Constitution Constitutional history -- United States


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