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Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day is an American federal observance to recognize the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.

In 2005, Sen. Robert Byrd from West Virginia, fearing Americans were forgetting our history, added an amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, designating September 17 as Constitution Day. Institutions receiving federal funds as well as federal agencies are mandated to hold educational programs to commemorate this anniversary. If the actual birthday of the Constitution falls on a weekend, the day adjacent to this day is observed. Constitution Day also serves as a reminder to participate in the political process by exercising our right to vote. 

Online Resources

Here are some great on-line resources to help you learn more about the Constitution.

Some activities and videos about the Constitution

Websites for the Senate and the House of Representatives

Check out the official Constitution Day website or the Constitution Center's website.

PSC Celebration Activities

Constitution Day and Honors Program Fall Welcome Event
Safeguarding the Idea of America: The Founders’ Case For and Against the Constitution

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Prairie State College Board Room (2274)
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Event Description

Join us for the first Prairie State College Honors Program Speaker Series event as Prof. Justin Pariseau (History) discusses the heated debate that finally led to ratification of the Constitution in 1788. Find out who argued for the Constitution after its signing on September 17, 1787, and who believed there was a better way to safeguard the “idea of America” following the American Revolution.

In celebration of Constitution and Citizenship Day, please stay immediately following the talk for birthday cake and punch to mark the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, as well as to welcome back Honors Program students for the start of fall semester.

Contact: Dr. Justin A. Pariseau, Associate Professor of History, (708) 709-3629, jpariseau@prairiestate.edu