It started as "I Am An American Day" back in 1940. But over the years, it has evolved into what we call it today: Constitution Day.
The day commemorates the signing of the Constitution, which took place on September 17, 1787. In 2007, the late Sen. Robert Byrd pushed Congress to pass a law designating September 17 as "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day."
In addition to the official holiday, federal employers as well as colleges and universities that receive federal funds must recognize it:
- The head of every federal agency must provide each employee with "educational and training materials" concerning the Constitution;
- "Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program" on the Constitution on Sept. 17 each year.
The Washington Post has provided some links for ways to celebrate the day and the document:
If you feel left out of the celebration, the National Archives will let you in on the party with instructions for the Constitution Game, brush up on the Who's Who of Constitution signers, and learn what the game Monopoly has to do with the Constitution.
One group in Ohio is celebrating at their town square, after originally being denied the opportunity by the city.
Most importantly, you can read the founding document here.