Constitution Day and Citizinship Day

"We the People" are the opening words of the preamble to the Constitution of the United States signed into law on September 17, 1787 and the Declaration of Independence dated July 4, 1776. (David Smart - Shutterstock)

“We the People” are the opening words of the preamble to the Constitution of the United States signed into law on September 17, 1787 and the Declaration of Independence dated July 4, 1776. (David Smart – Shutterstock)

“Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens,” according to the federal law establishing the holiday.

The Constitution of the United States was signed into law on September 17, 1787. At the time, the total population of the United States was approximately 4 million people and the largest city was Philadelphia PA with 40,000 residents, according to ConstitutionFacts.com.

As the supreme law of the land, the Constitution plays an indispensable role in the maintenance of law and order in the United States, and is a model for other constitutional republics around the world.

Independence Hall National Historic Park in  Philadelphia PA (Shutterstock)

Independence Hall National Historic Park in Philadelphia PA (Shutterstock)

Every citizen has a responsibility to be a good steward of the Constitution by reading it and having at least a basic understanding of it including its amendments and the amendment process. Toward that end, we publish Constitutional Stewardship: An Introduction. In addition, below are some selected resources.

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