• What is Constitution and Citizenship Day?

    The final draft of the United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 17, 1787. Months later, enough states had ratified it (nine out of thirteen) to officially make it our nation’s system of government.

    The ideas on which America was founded -- commitments to the rule of law, limited government and the ideals of liberty, equality and justice -- are embodied in the Constitution. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is intended to celebrate not only the birthday of our government, but the ideals that make us Americans.

    In 2005, President George W. Bush signed public law 108-447 designating September 17th as Constitution Day.
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