Celebrate Constitution Day with Campus Activities

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. The holiday is observed each year on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004.

The law establishing “Constitution Day” as a national holiday was created in 2004, but schools first recognized Constitution Day in 1911.


1917 Sons of the American Revolution formed a committee to promote Constitution Day which included members such as Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller, and General John Pershing.
1939 William Randolph Hearst advocated, through his chain of daily newspapers, the creation of a holiday to celebrate citizenship.
1940 Congress designated the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day”.
1949 Governors of all 48 states had issued Constitution Day proclamations.
1952 Congress moved “I am an American Day” to September 17 and renamed it “Citizenship Day” and resident Olga T. Weber petitioned municipal officials to establish Constitution Day, in honor of the creation of the US Constitution in 1787. Mayor Gerald A. Romary proclaimed September 17, 1952, as Constitution Day in the city. The following April, Weber requested that the Ohio General Assembly proclaim September 17 as state-wide Constitution Day. 1953: Resolution passed designating September 17–23 as Constitution Week and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1957 City Council of Louisville declared the city Constitution Town.