September 17th, 1787 was the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution which is why today is celebrated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day! In 1940, “I am an American Day” was created and named as an official day by President Roosevelt. At this time, Congress named the third Sunday in May as the day to celebrate. By 1949, the governors of all 48 states had issued Constitution Day proclamations. On February 29, 1952, Congress changed the name from “I am an American Day” to “Citizenship Day” and moved it’s observation to September 17. In 2004, it was then changed to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
At the Y, we offer to youth and teens the opportunity to participate in government programs. With our Youth in Government program, young people and can get involved in government at an earlier age and get more experience. Check out our Youth in Government page to find out more!
So how can you celebrate today? Try quizzing your friends, family, or coworkers on the Constitution!
- What’s the name of the first ten amendments in the Constitution?
- What does this group of amendments do?
- What are the names of the three branches of government?
- Who are in each of these three branches?
- How many amendments are in the Constitution?
- Who, and only who, can declare war?
Answers below (don’t peek!!)
- Bill of Rights
- Protect the rights of the citizens
- Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
- Senate, Congress, and the House of Representatives are the Legislative; President and Vice President are the Executive; and Supreme Court is the Judicial